THE Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) will be ready to accept flights from international destinations from today, but most scheduled flights are expected to start arriving regularly from mid-September.
Until the first flight lands, the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) will systematically restart systems and procedures to be ready for large numbers of visitors when the first flights start arriving.
In a statement, the NAC said it is pleased with the prospects of restarting airports operations at HKIA as part of the country’s Targeted International Tourism Revival Initiative.
“The NAC has set in motion, its restart plan under the heading ‘Resumption of Activities’ to ensure the airport readiness upon the resumption of international flights as borders are to gradually open under the provisions of the State of the Emergency Regulations on COVID-19,” Dan Kamit, the NAC’s marketing officer said.
The NAC has not received any airline schedules ahead of the reopening, but some like Lufthansa have already expressed their willingness to resume flights.
“We anticipate that some of the international airlines will resume scheduled flights by mid-September 2020. We advise prospective passengers to consult airlines for travel itineraries,” Kamati said.
According to Kamati, social distancing measures such as floor and seat stickers, messages on mandatory wearing of masks are already visible at HKIA, as well as dispensers for sanitiser.
He said health messages will be broadcast over the public service announcement system with frequent intervals to augment the health measures already in place at the airport building.
“Mandatory thermal screening at arrival and departure points will take place and social distancing of 1.5 meters will continue to be observed, as well as indicated distance seating. The airport surfaces, trollies and other amenities will be disinfected and cleaned frequently to increase safety. The airport counters have been fitted with transparent glass and hand sanitizers for healthy consultations,” he said.
The NAC was part of the taskforce spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security to reopen Namibia’s borders to visitors from abroad.
Other key members of the task force are the Namibia Tourism Board, Ministry of Works and Transport and the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority.