Hosea Kutako International Airport awarded licence

The Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) awarded the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) with an aerodrome licence.

This was in pursuit with the airport and safety security conformity as laid down in the Namibia Civil Aviation Regulations (NAMCARs).

The licence was awarded in conjunction with the continuous improvement of safety and security of airport operations as per one of the six strategic priority areas as outlined in the NAC’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 and all other similar activities.

The HKIA was inspected by the DCA during the months of May to July 2015 and HKIA’s Safety Compliance Manual as well as their three-year plan for the implementation of Safety Management System (SMS) was both approved by DCA in 2014, before any licence awarding took place.

As per the Declaration adopted by all African States in Abuja, Nigeria in July 2012, the current licencing process will enhance the level of compliance of Namibia Airports Company’s (NAC) airports to national and international safety and security requirements once completed which will see it ultimately contributing to Namibia fulfilling its commitment to license all international airports by December 2015.

Since January 2015, NAC has established a Board of Directors sub-committee on Safety and Security Compliance to lead the implementation of the approved SMS Plan, while a Risk and Compliance Team was established within the office of the CEO to manage the implementation of the SMS and compliance activities.