Ondangwa airport to close
The Ondangwa Airport runway will be temporary closed due to runway rehabilitation for six weeks, starting 20 December until 29 January 2016, according to The Namibia Airports Company.
A statement from the Airports Company read,“Meetings were held with all our relevant stakeholders to inform them of the dates of closure. The initial expected closure period was 12 November to 17 December. However due to technicalities pertaining to risk and quality assurance as well as the accreditation process we experienced a slight delay in the runway rehabilitation process.”
The NAC said that it will act in good favour in the best interest of its customers to ensure that the runway is safe and secure runway that will last beyond its design life.
This Phase 1B, implies construction activities on the central portion of the runway, such that Air Namibia’s Embraer ERJ 135 will inevitably not be able to land and take off at the Ondangwa Airport until the construction activities have been completed.
The runway rehabilitation project started on 16 March 2015 and completion is planned for July. 2016; meaning that the Ondangwa Airport runway will be upgraded from Category 3 C to Category 4. C and this in turn means that bigger aircraft such as the Airbus A319 will be able to land there. The runway will be widened to 45 meters and 2.8 kilometres in length. The refurbished runway constructed at a cost of N$ 208 million, will greatly compliment the renewed fuel facilities and new Ondangwa Airport terminal, which officially opened its doors on 21 August.
The Namibia Airports Company, CEO Tamer El-Kallawi said that the NAC is proud to be able to support the growth of aviation, in particular the advancement of airport facility upgrades at our Ondangwa Airport, which includes the runway re-construction currently underway.