Hosea Kutako Open Again

HOSEA Kutako International Airport is operating again as before. Air Namibia got special permission to land and fly their Airbuss A330 again, four days after the airport was downgraded from category eight to category five by the International Civil Aviation organisation (ICAO).

In a press statement issued on Friday by Air Namibia’s spokesperson, Paul Nakawa, the decision to allow the national airline to continue to fly its Airbuss A330 aircrafts comes after the Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina gave the airline an exemption to continue operating as before.

“The airline received exemption from the minster after Air Namibia had applied in respect of the requirements for the rescue and fire fighting services (RFFS) as applicable to the operation of its airbus A330-200 aircraft, into and out of the airport as from Thursday,” said Nakawa.

In a statement Namibia Airports Company spokesperson Dan Kamati said, “the NAC hereby confirms that Airbus A330 flights at the Hosea Kutako International Airport have resumed with the authorisation by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) with regard to Airport Rescue and Fire-fighting (ARFF) Category.

“South African Airways on Friday morning carried out their risk assessment too and after being satisfied, are in the process of requesting for approval as well.

“SAA and Air Namibia are the only airlines at HKIA who operates Airbuses A330.”

The NAC has been granted 15 days to rectify all operational issues as identified by the International Civil Aviation organisation (ICAO) and remains confident of meeting these deadlines.

Nakawa said Air Namibia is required to meet a number of specified conditions to ensure that safety is not compromised during the arrival or departure of the aircraft.

These developments come after the airport’s fire fighting category was downgraded from category nine to a five in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, after the airport’s fire trucks were found to be defective during the DCA’s audit earlier this month.

Source : The Namibian