Two airports in Angola may close due to lack of security

15 October 2019

The destruction of part of the fencing at “Comandante Ndozi” airport, located in the Angolan city of Soyo, Zaire province, could force it to halt operations with medium and large planes for “security reasons,” the national director said for infrastructure for air navigation company ENANA said.

Joaquim Oli Jabila, speaking on Monday in the northern Angolan city with airport agents, members of the defence and internal order, and local traditional authorities, said that the “security reasons” were related to the fact that domestic animals had taken over the track after the fence was destroyed.

The official also said that the measure to be imposed by the National Institute of Civil Aviation (Inavic) could be extended to the “Maria Mambu Café” airport that serves the city of Cabinda for the same reasons, which also include the accumulation of garbage around the airport runways.

Three incidents, with no recorded casualties, have already occurred on the runway of this airport, which is 2,100 metres long and 45 metres wide.

The first incident involved a Piper PA-31 Navajo light aircraft of the private company Mavewa in July 2016 skidding off the runway, the second involved a Boeing 737-700 of Angolan airline TAAG in April 2017 and the third incident was a Sonair Beechcraft 1900 aircraft crashing with an animal on landing in September 2018. (Macauhub)