The Cabinet Special Committee on the Expansion of the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) this week inspected the construction site of the multi-million-dollar project.
Led by the Chairperson of the Special Committee, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, various Cabinet Ministers joined airport management for a site visit on Monday to assess the construction work that started in October 2019.
Nexus Contactors and the project team are capitalising on the down time of airport operations due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This presents a window of opportunity for internal works to be fast-tracked to potentially accelerate their end dates whilst there are minimal passenger movements at HKIA.
The Committee expressed satisfaction with the work carried out on the project and reiterated the support of government for the completion of the project.
“We came to assess the progress made on the project and are satisfied with the tremendous progress made thus far. During these trying times, Government will continue to support this project which is of national interest and look forward to a worthy infrastructure indeed. Similarly, today’s visit gave us the assurance that the Namibia is ready to gradually open her borders. Thank you all for your commitment and effort”, Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
The expansion project is envisaged to address congestion challenges, safety and security issues and to comply with the national and international regulations and standards as follows. The expansion in the Passenger Terminal 2, will improve the level of service to passengers in accordance with the IATA “optimum” level of service.
The expansion on the airside (apron) will be able to accommodate current and future demand including aircraft parking stands, in compliance with national and international regulations and standards.
These works will also allow for separation between the international domestic passengers once both Terminal 1 and 2 are completed. At present there are 228 employees onsite, of which 226 are Namibians.