NAC to hold consultations on alleviating congestion at HKIA

04 Jul 2018 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) will hold extensive consultations around alleviating congestion at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
This was said by the NAC’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Albertus Aochamub at Air Namibia’s annual stakeholder convention in Windhoek on Wednesday.
Aochamub said the consultations will amongst others focus on expansion of the departure and arrivals halls and increasing check-in counters to improve the customer experience.
Other improvements will include increasing security screening desks from two to four; increasing immigration seats from four to six counters; and a third carousel area for luggage.
The improvements to the airport are estimated to cost N.dollars 240 million.
Aochamub said passenger arrivals and departures at the airport grew by 33 per cent over the last three years.
“This growth put tremendous strain on the airport’s facilities,” he said.
The current terminal was constructed in 1985 as a temporary facility to handle 250 000 passengers per year.
Aochamub indicated that bidding documents would be put together for the improvement of the current facility, which is urgently needed.
A safety audit will be done at the end of November this year to determine whether the airport is suitable and meets safety standards.
“We know the implication of that audit and what it could potentially mean for us as a country. The audit is not of the NAC or Hosea Kutako International Airport - it is a State audit,” he said.
The audit will look at the infrastructure and the legislative documents on safety the State has in place.