HKIA congestion alleviation project launched

The congestion alleviation project aimed at doubling the handling capacity of the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) to accommodate increased passenger movements until 2030 was launched on Monday.

The project is estimated to cost N.dollars 250 million and will commence on 23 September 2019 for 12 months.

Namibia Airports Company (NAC)'s member of the board of directors Leake Hangala said on Monday, the airport experienced remarkable growth in passenger movements since 2016 following the introduction of international airlines and routes.

Passenger movements stood at approximately to over one million and is expected to grow which will continue to place the airport under serious congestion.

The renovation will include an increase to three counters to five security check points. Immigration counters for departure will also be increased to seven counters from the current four counters, while the departure hall will be expanded to accommodate the increased passenger movements.

Additionally, a new arrival hall as an extension to the existing terminal will also be constructed as part of the project to accommodate a total number of 17 immigration counters.

The baggage re-claim hall will also be expanded and will be fitted with three modern carousel with capacity to handle three wide-bodied aircraft concurrently compared to the two that would only accommodate one wide-bodied at a time.

Hangala said apart from decongestion, the project would also enable the airport to comply with the safety and security requirements in the in the manner requirements in the manner required by the Namibia Civil Aviation Act, and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Regulations and Standards.

'The expansion will culminate in the modernisation and automisation of airport facilities that will significantly provide convenience, comfort and enhanced travelling experience,' he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency