THE Namibia Airports Company (NAC) recently received their interim airport operating licenses for all eight airports from the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
According to a statement from the NAC, the Hosea Kutako International Airport and Walvis International Airport were issued with aerodrome certificates valid for a period of 18 months, while the Andima Toivo ya Toivo Airport in Ondangwa was only issued with an interim aerodrome license for the same period.
The previously unlicensed aerodromes such as the Eros Airport and the regional airports at Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Lüderitz, and Keetmanshoop Airports have also been issued with interim aerodrome licenses valid for a period of 24 months.
“As we strive for Safe, Secure, and Environmentally Sustainable Airports, ensuring compliance with our Civil Aviation Regulatory Framework, develop our infrastructure to meet the new requirements, transform our Organizational Culture and enhance our stakeholder relations, this is a significant achievement,” the Chief Executive Officer of the NAC, Bisey /Uirab said.
He indicated that a new set of regulations have categorized Namibia’s airports in new slots such as the Category A – Certified Airports with International capabilities, which are Hosea Kutako International Airport (FYWH) and Walvis Bay International Airport (FYWB); and Category C – Licensed Airports handling aircraft up to 60 000 kg’s, which are Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Airport (FYOA), Eros Airport (FYWE), Rundu Airport (FYRU), Katima Mulilo Airport (FYKM), Keetmanshoop Airport (FYKT) and Lüderitz Airport (FYLZ).
According to NAC, new licensing requirements for each airport included: Application packages, Aerodrome Manuals, Aerodrome Emergency Management Systems, Maintenance Programs, Runway Safety Programs, Quality Assurance, and Safety Management Systems, Organisational capabilities, staffing and training, Aerodrome layouts and Engineering plans, Financial statements in good order, Airport Fire Fighting capabilities and Environmental clearances.
According to the NAC, the NCAA will continue to review the submissions by the company before issuing airport operating licenses which are valid for up to two years.