Apron buses not yet running – NAC
More than two months after the unveiling of one of its two apron buses at Hosea Kutako International Airport, the Namibia Airports Company says the buses remain sidelined.
NAC spokesperson Dan Kamati this week told the Economist upon enquiry that the two apron buses, acquired for a combined N$5.7 million, have not started operating due to “various operational regulations and re-organising to ensure the smooth operation of these buses.”
Kamati said: “There are some regulatory and operational concerns that we are addressing and once all these are sorted out we will duly announce the operation of the buses to our valued passengers.” Kamati said the buses, with a capacity to carry 67 passengers each, will enhance passenger facilitation and align Hosea Kutako International Airport with international standards, adding that the airports company remains committed to delivering the best possible infrastructure and facilities for airport transportation of both passengers and cargo.
To this end, the NAC, Kamati said, has embarked on several projects such as the construction of a new modern passenger terminal at Ondangwa Airport that is currently underway; a new enlarged passenger terminal at Walvis Bay airport; a new fire station at Eros Airport and the polymer perimeter fencing at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz Airports. Going forward, the NAC said it plans to extend the passenger terminal at Hosea Kutako International Airport to ease flow of passengers; provide fire tenders for all airports, construct NAC’s headquarters, as well as a new passenger terminal and second runway at Hosea Kutako International.