Expansion of the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia is set to commence. Chairperson of the board of directors of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Leaked Hangala, revealed the report and said works will begin next week.
Hosea Airport is the main international airport of Namibia, serving the capital city Windhoek. Located well east of the city, 45 km, it is Namibia’s largest airport with international connections.
The current airport terminal building was constructed in 1985 to handle 250 000 passengers per year. It handles with nearly one million travelers per year. Expansion works is estimated to cost US $17.1m. NAC will contribute US $6.5m of the project’s budget, while the government is expected to fork out the remaining US $10.5m.
The upgrade will include an increase in check-in counters to a total of 18 counters, with an additional five self-service check-in kiosks and an increase in departure security screening points from three to five. The project is expected to be completed by the end of September 2020.
“It is important for the government to create an enabling environment to support air transport to benefit from the projected growth in the matter estimated by the Airports Council International, which estimates that emerging and developing economies will account for over 60% of all passenger movements traffic by 2040,” said international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah who commended the project.