Namibia: Hkia expansion project nearing completion
The N $ 250 million Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) congestion alleviation project completion date is set for late September 2021.
In a statement, the Namibia Airport Company (NAC) said specialized equipment, such as baggage handling and retrieval, will be commissioned and operational by the end of October 2021.
âThe project at HKIA, which is a short-term project to address the current congestion and ICAO compliance gaps, is on track, with slight delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in 2020, due to health restrictions. It covers areas such as farewell, check-in and dining, arrivals and baggage handling, the new departure hall, security and immigration as well as customs areas. The project also included the expansion of terminal facilities for domestic, VIP and VVIP travel, âexplained CNA Marketing Manager Dan Kamati.
Nexus contractors are the prime contractors and are joined by other 100% Namibian owned outsourcing and professional consultancy companies.
NAC provided N $ 95 million for the project, with the remainder coming from cash.
The project aims to double the processing capacity of the airport to accommodate the increase in passenger movements until 2030.
These include, but are not limited to, increasing the number of check-in counters to 18 counters with five additional self-service check-in kiosks, an increase in security checkpoints on departure from two to five and an increase in baggage claim facilities from two to five, among others.
The project also provides for an increase in the departure immigration counters from the current three to seven counters, while the departure hall will be expanded to accommodate the increasing movement of passengers at the airport.
The new departure hall, as an extension of the existing terminal, Kamati added, will also see increased movement space and 17 immigration counters, compared to the current eight, while the baggage claim hall will be enlarged and equipped with three modern carousels, bringing the total to five.
âAirlink, FlyWestair, Ethiopian Airlines and Eurowings Discover are currently calling at HKIA – and more and more airlines are expected to come back and increase their frequencies,â he said.
According to him, there are also at least four airlines, including South African Airways (SAA), which have expressed interest in resuming flights to Windhoek, and NAC is currently in discussions with them on the terms of the restart.