Namibia opens new terminal and runway at Ondangwa Airport

23 August 2015 (Last Updated August 23rd, 2015 18:30)

Namibia’s Ondangwa Airport has inaugurated a new terminal and runway constructed by China’s Qingdao Construction.

Namibia's Ondangwa Airport has inaugurated a new terminal and runway constructed by China's Qingdao Construction.

The new terminal and runway, built at a cost of NAD84m ($6m), are expected to become a yardstick for operational safety and functional efficiency for other airports in the country.

The runway and the terminal are said to work in tandem to augment commercial activity and encourage local participation through private public partnerships, New Era reported.

"I have no doubt that this terminal will fulfil the expectations we have from it and make us all feel very proud."

Namibian President Hage Geingob was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying: "I have no doubt that this terminal will fulfil the expectations we have from it and make us all feel very proud."

Ondangwa airport is also due for upgrade of electrical installations and capacity, availability of car rental services, cargo and warehouse facilities.

Container depots will be added to serve as a railway line interlink between Ondangwa, Oshikango, and Oshakati.

Recently, the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) secured a contract to renew the second runway at the airport. The renovation is likely to cost $16m and is slated to be completed by July 2016.

The plan includes widening of the runway to 45m, and increasing the length to 2.8km. Upon completion, Airbus A319 will be allowed to use the Ondangwa Airport.

In addition. the airport's fuel storage facilities have been refurbished to serve other African airliners that require refuel.

Ondangwa airport, the second biggest in Namibia, serves the north central region of the country, and also offers faster air link to southern Angola region.