The expansion of Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) in Namibia is set to complete at the end of this month.

Entailing an investment of $16.9m (NAD250m), the project aims to address congestion challenges, security issues and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliance lapses at HKIA.

For this expansion project, Namibia Airports Company (NAC) invested $6.4m (NAD95m), while the remainder was funded from the treasury.

NAC marketing officer Dan Kamati said that the short-term expansion project has seen a delay due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Once completed, the expansion project will see a new departure hall while also covering security and immigration and customs areas.

Kamati explained that the project will add five self-service check-in kiosks, 18 check-in counters, and increase departure security screening points as well as baggage reclaim facility from two to five.

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Additionally, the project scope includes the increase of departure immigration counters from three to seven, and the expansion of domestic terminals, as well as VIP and VVIP travels.

This expansion is expected to double passenger capacity and accommodate increased passenger movements until 2030.

The project is being executed by Nexus Contractors as the main contractor, along with Namibian-owned sub-contracting and professional consultancy companies.

In September 2019, NAC announced that it will commence the Congestion Alleviation project at Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).

The airport was constructed in 1985 with the ability to handle 250,000 passengers per year.