HKIA gears up for airport operations

By Confidente Reporter

THE Namibia Airports Company (NAC) has said that its main airport, the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is preparing for its restart plan to ensure the airport is ready upon the resumption of international flights as borders are to gradually open under the provisions of the State of Emergency regulations on Covid-19.

Namibia graduated to stage four of the national lockdown on June 30 to September 17 2020, and HKIA will importantly aid the government’s targeted international tourism revival initiative effective July 15 to August 15 2020.

NAC Chief Executive Officer Bisey /Uirab explained how Namibia’s flagship airport HKIA is getting ready for the resumption of international flights.

“We are working tirelessly with all stakeholders to ensure that our airport is ready as per the stage four regulations. We must play our part to revive the economy and are setting in motion all that is required to facilitate the resumption of commercial flight operations at HKIA as part of the targeted international tourism revival initiative,” he says.

“Social distancing measures such as floor and seat stickers, messages on mandatory wearing of masks are visible at HKIA as well as sanitiser dispensers to mention but a few and other messages via the public service announcement system.”

NAC has also acquired thermostats and adequate materials for regular disinfections of facilities at all of its eight airports.

For the targeted international tourism revival initiative, a stakeholders meeting is set for July 9 in collaboration with the tourism and hospitality partners where further discussions on modalities will be undertaken in preparation for the commencement of the initiative.