Namibia’s Ondangwa Airport Runway rehabilitation has kicked off, with construction being carried out by China State Construction Engineering Corporation that signed an agreement on Friday last week with the Namibian Airports Company (NAC) and Aurecon Namibia.
The airport runway project, which is set to cost 16 million U.S dollars is expected to be completed in July 2016.
“This is a great step for us,” Chief executive officer of NAC Tamar El-Kallawi said after the signing ceremony.
The airport runway rehabilitation project will involve widening of the runway to 45 metres and lengthening it to 2.8 kilometres. This will allow accommodation of the Airbus A319 at the airport.
Ondangwa airport infrastructure will also be upgraded to make Namibia a connection hub according to the CEO.
“We are strategically positioning ourselves by upgrading our airport infrastructure to meet this need. This will also create much needed employment for Namibians,” he said.
Air Namibia has two flights between Windhoek and Ondangwa daily currently. Apart from the airport runway rehabilitation project, the country is also undertaking Namibia’s Walvis Bay Airport rehabilitation and upgrading, with the project targeted to end July this year and cost US$17m. This will help it open itself to larger capacity at the airports, as well as reduce inefficiencies.