Sao Tome and Principe’s international airport has “reasonable” operating conditions

1 June 2010

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 1 June – The international airport of Sao Tome and Principe has, “reasonable operating conditions,” the head of the inspection team of the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (Asecna) said Monday in Sao Tome.

At the end of the inspection, the official said that Asecna had received information that there was a small deficiency at the airport but added that. “the deficiency was repaired and at the moment everything is working correctly.”

For that purpose, the agency used a laboratory aircraft and two hours were enough to detect the problem and repair it.

Ernestino Gomes, an equipment maintenance technician at Sao Tome and Principe airport said that the problem with apparatus that provided data to aircraft pilots had been “overcome”.

The head of the Asecna team noted that other areas still needed to be inspected in order to check if the airport is in line with basic rules outlined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The ICAO’s recommendations included repairs to the airport’s runway, its being fenced off and a boost to and equipping of the fire-fighting services.

The issue of security of the area next to the airport is currently the ICAO’s biggest concern as the runway is crossed by people and animals. (macauhub)