20 June 2012

Zambia: NAC has Steps Up Airport Security

NATIONAL Airports Corporations Limited (NACL) has stepped up security measures at the four international airports in the country to bring them to accepted International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.

Just months after Transport and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga prodded the NAC to raise security standards at the four airports, the NAC has installed metal detectors and an improved transport fleet.

NAC Managing Director Robinson Misitala said that measures been undertaken were being done by proceeds from the 18-month-old security fees which are pegged at US$3 and US$ 5 for domestic and international flights respectively.

The four international airports in the country are the Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe in Ndola, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula in Livingstone and the Mfuwe Airport in the Eastern province.

"We have bought four vehicles at K1.3 billion, one for each of our four international airports, we have also already installed meal detectors at the four airports, both walk-through and hand held ones.

"These developments will help us intensify security patrols at all the four airports. This will also help us address the security challenges like screening passengers with modern user-friendly gadgets," he said.

Handing over the vehicles to the four airports, Mr Misitala said The provision of safety and security to airlines and passengers alike was critical to operations of the corporation.

Mr Misitala said the new acquisitions would boost security operations at the four airports and enable the corporation to conform to the ICAC requirements.

He warned NAC staff against abusing the vehicles and other equipment.

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