Namibia Airports Company (NAC) is set to commence its Congestion Alleviation project at Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).

Scheduled to begin on 23 September, the NAD$250m ($16m) project will involve the expansion of the airport terminal building.

Namibia Airports Company board of directors chairman Dr Leake Hangala said: “This project is aimed at doubling the handling capacity of the airport to accommodate increased passenger movements up until 2030.

“This includes but is not limited to the increase in check-in counters to a total of 18 counters with additional five self-service check-in kiosks; an increase in the departure security screening points from three to five, amongst others.”

Other improvements include increasing the departure immigration counters from three to seven.

The project will also expand the departure hall to create extra space for increasing passenger movements, while the baggage reclaim hall will be equipped with three new carousels.

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HKIA Expansion Cabinet Special Committee chairman Nandi-Ndaitwah said: “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 Airport Council International, which estimates that emerging and developing economies will account for over 60% of all passenger movements traffic by 2040.”

Nexus Building Contractors has been appointed as the airport contractor and the project will receive support from 100% Namibian-owned firms.

Constructed in 1985, the airport was designed to handle 250,000 passengers per annum. However, the airport is currently handling nearly a million passengers per year.

The expansion project will be completed by September next year.