The National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL) is a dynamic forward looking organisation whose clear vision is to become the leading provider of world class airport and air navigation services. It progressively manages it four airports, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport and Mfuwe International airport to international standards, ensuring excellent investment in air navigation, infrastructure and services.
Established in 1989 NACL is wholly owned by the Government of Zambia. The corporation is divided into three divisions, namely Head Office, Airport Services and Air Navigation Services.
It is via these divisions that NACL ensures that the demands of airlines, passengers and the public in general are met through constant investment in facilities, maintenance, and rehabilitation and new builds.
An outstanding current example of NACL’s commitment is the expansion programme for its Kenneth Kaunda airport. It is Zambia’s chief airport and handles circa one million passengers per year.
With an estimated investment of $300m the expansion will include the building of a new terminal to replace the current one. The new facilities will have a new international arrival and departure areas, new aprons, taxiways, and a new control tower.
This investment is ideal given that it is Zambia’s largest airport, located in the centre of the country’s business centre. The airport already has modern features including both aerodrone and approach control centres. It also has an apron with 12 parking gates, one parallel taxiway together with numerous taxiway hubs. Ground Handling services are carried out mainly by NACL.
These services included aircraft , passenger and ramp handling. The airport can currently handle 9280 mt per year with 9000m2 warehouse facilities. It also has sophisticated x-ray equipment for security and various types of aircraft handling equipment. Given the above features it is clear that once the expansion plans are completed the success of Kenneth Kaunda airport will be driven to even greater heights to meet the expectations of its customers and stakeholders.
However , showing that NACL’s ambitious intent is not only restricted to the largest airport in Zambia via running hotels , restaurants and the provbia in terms of its upgrading , the three remaining airports are also to receive transformative injections of cash. $522m has been earmarked for Simon Mwansa Airport, $50m for Harry Mwanga Airport , with the investment for the final airport , Mfue , yet to be decided. The estimated total investment across the three airports is circa $1bn.
Robinson Misitala , Managing Director says :’ Kenneth Kaunda International airport specifically will bear comparison with the best airports in Africa , both in infrastructure as well as service delivery’.
Over and above this massive investment Mr. Misitala is clear that NACL requires revenues generated to enable the smooth operation of its three divisions and for the airports.
The organisation has a number of services by which revenue is generated from. These include aircraft landing fees, parking fees, taking off fees, air navigational fees, aviation security charges and passenger service charges.
It is envisaged that future monies will also be generated via running hotels, restaurants and the providing of facilities for business set ups including banks car hire services and of retailing rentable shops.
NACL is forging ahead successfully with its strategic plans to ensure its airports are leading the way in the African Aviation market.
In summary, Managing director Robinson Misitala has a fundamental understanding of what is required to achieve NACL’s goals. The major challenges ahead relate to infrastructure, some of the organisations is antiquated and needs upgrading and significant investment in all four airports. NACL has clearly laid out four key objectives to fulfil its strategy:
– Improvement of income generation streams
– Modernisation of infrastructure and equipment
– Rebranding of the company
– Enhancement of operational efficiency.
NACL is on target reference all four objectives and without doubt will soon achieve its aim of being a leader player in the continent of Africa.