NAMIBIA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND COUNTRY’S MAIN AIRPORT IN CAPITAL, WINDHOEK

WINDHOEK -- The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) has disclosed plans to expand the country's main airport in the capital, Windhoek, Hosea Kutako International Airport, with work to begin in June for a period of eight months.

The expansion will cost 19 million US dollars, or about 240 million Namibian dollars (NAD), the company said in a media statement here Tuesday.

NAC said would carry out temporary expansions of the current facility in certain key areas, namely the check-in hall, security screening point, arrivals hall and the luggage handling areas.

"These are all temporary improvements, at most useful for the next five years. Our immediate preoccupation is to resolve the congestion and resultant compliance issues in the short term," it added.

The current terminal building was constructed in 1985 to handle 250,000 passengers a year, but currently the airport is handling nearly a million passengers per annum.

This is the result of Namibia becoming a popular tourist destination which has seen a significant increase in the number of international airlines serving numerous international destinations, said NAC.

The planned expansion is not expected to have any serious effect on the operations of the airport, said the NAC, which added that it is engaged in determining funding options for the new airport terminal and related investments.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK