Namibia prepares for second ICAO security audit in 2020

Namibia is preparing for its second International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) universal security audit in 2020.

Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa announced on Wednesday during a report back session on ICAO's assembly session.

ICAO is a specialised agency of the UN charged with coordinating and regulating international air travel.

Namibia has passed the ICAO universal security audit in November 2018, although several deficiencies were detected which required corrective action.

Namibia was the first country to be audited under Amendment 16 of the United Nations (UN) convention on international civil aviation.

The convention establishes rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety and details the rights of the signatories in relation to air travel. It also exempts air fuels in transit from double taxation.

Among the deficiencies found, ICAO recommended that all staff at the Hosea Kutako International Airport be adequately trained and that screeners should be certified.

Mutorwa said Cabinet took it upon itself to deal with the deficiencies and put up a committee to specifically deal with issues of congestion, screening and safety at Hosea Kutako International Airport.

ICAO also recommended that the screening of passengers, baggage and cargo should be improved and all airport operators should improve; while the Namibia Civil Aciation Authority (NCAA) should provide guidance and review checklists in order to cover all aspects of the implementation of the NCAA Security Programme.

Mutorwa said the NCAA, Namibia Airports Company and Air Namibia as well as the Ministry of Works and Transport should ensure that they are ready for the audit next year and should seek international support.

Meanwhile, the congestion alleviation project aimed at doubling the handling capacity of Hosea Kutako International Airport to accommodate increased passenger movements until 2030 has already commenced.

The renovation will include an increase of three counters to five security checkpoints. Immigration counters for departure will also be increased to seven counters from the current four, 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.

Source: Namibia Press Agency