Several Namibian airports operating without licences

04 Jul 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – Several airports around the country under the management of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) are operating without licences due to not meeting certain international requirements for the granting of operating licences.
This was said by NAC Chief Executive Officer Bisey /Uirab here on Wednesday when he appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration. He was accompanied by several Air Namibia senior officials responsible for various airports around the country.
/Uirab said there were plans underway to issue licences to the unlicensed airports, which are Eros Airport in the capital, Lüderitz Airport and several regional airports including at Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Keetmanshoop.
He said these airports did not meet the international licencing requirements as they were beset by issues such as infrastructure that needed improvement and insufficient working personnel, among others.
“The inability to meet certain international requirements has contributed to these airports not being licenced, but plans are underway for preparation of licensing them,” said /Uirab.
The CEO highlighted several projects the company is engaged in, such as the upgrading of Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) to alleviate congestion. This project is expected to start by August or September and end in July next year at a cost of N.dollars 250 million, without interrupting operations at the airport.
“Despite the company trying hard to improve the standards of airports to international level, we are also facing challenges like shortage of aviation related skills in the market, remuneration structures that limit attraction of best talent, and loss making airports except for HKIA and Walvis Bay Airport,” noted /Uirab.
Meanwhile, he updated that NAC is engaging the line ministry and the family of the late struggle icon Andimba Toivo ya Toivo to rename Ondangwa Airport after him and this is expected to be completed by the end of August this year.