Countrywide airport upgrades leads to NAC becoming leading aviation player in SADC

Up to 70 % of Namibia’s transport infrastructure will meet and even exceed SADC-standards, according to Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb.

Minister !Naruseb last Friday during the inauguration of the new terminal building at the Walvis Bay International Airport said Namibia’s sole aim is a modern and reliable transport infrastructure to serve as foundation for rapid economic growth.
“Namibia plans to have a well-functioning and high quality transport infrastructure with 70 % which meets or exceeds SADC standards.
The Ministry’s strategic initiatives are geared towards a modern and reliable transport infrastructure critical for high and sustained economic growth”, Minister !Naruseb explained.
A developed transport network serves a dual purpose, according to the minister, in that it enhances economic and industrial activities locally and simultaneously and make Namibia the preferred logistics hub for other countries in the region and abroad engaged in two-way trade.
Developing Namibia’s logistics network is also in line with Namibia’s Harambee plan to uplift Namibians, do away with poverty and provide opportunities for all, said Minister !Naruseb.
Namibia placed great emphasis on its airport development in recent years with the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) spearheading the effort. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NAC, Ms Ndeuhala Lewis, when provided the opportunity to make a few remarks at the opening ceremony on Friday, explained the development of several of Namibia’s major airports in recent years inevitably catapulted the NAC as a competitive aviation player in Southern Africa.
Namibia’s major airports before Independence were mainly military air facilities, but to cater for economic growth and aviation requirements in the 21st Century it was necessary to embark on a major drive to develop and upgrade all Namibia’s major airports.
Walvis Bay is no exception and cost close to N$400 million to reach the goal.
Under the tenure of the NAC, major upgrade work to infrastructure, amenities and services at Ondangwa Airport, Eros Airport, Lüderitz Airport, Keetmanshoop, Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Hosea Kutako were either completed, just commenced or are part of the planning in the immediate future, according to Ms Lewis.

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