Juba International Airport Set For Night Flights
To enable planes land and take off during night hours, airport runway lighting system were launched at the Juba International Airport by the Minister of Roads and Transport in the Government of Southern Sudan, GOSS Hon. Anthony Lino Makana on Sunday.
Anthony Lino Makana briefing the press at the Juba International Airport [©Gurtong]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 4th July, 2011 [Gurtong] - To enable planes land and take off during night hours, airport runway lighting system were launched at the Juba International Airport by the Minister of Roads and Transport in the Government of Southern Sudan, GOSS Hon. Anthony Lino Makana on Sunday.
Mr. Lino also launched a new arrival terminal that’s on its last construction stages and expected to be complete within 3 days. The terminal accommodates about 200 guests.
This is a historical moment for the airport since the British colonial period in South Sudan; for the first time the South Sudan’s International Airport has installed Airport Runway Lighting System to facilitate night services for the national and international flights.
“This is the first time since 1940 that this airport will be able to facilitate planes landing at night,” Lino said while addressing the press at the airport on Sunday.
Some of the airport runway lights
at the airport
The launch came following efforts to boost the successful celebration and recognition of South Sudan as a new State this coming Saturday.
The airport had been undergoing rapid development in the recent days following the South Sudan’s self determination referendum early this year.
“The new terminal which consists of an upper and down floor, 21 toilets, and state of art air condition systems can accommodate about 22 large and 28 small planes,” the Minister confirmed.
It is set to facilitate the arrival of diplomats from the 8th of July expected to attend the South Sudan Independence celebrations.
The Minister told the press that; “In fact the airport is now 90% ready. In four days time it will be 100% ready.”
80 planes land and take off at the Juba International Airport daily, according to the roads minister; the capacity is far beyond that of Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport which he says can only handle 20 planes daily.
The GOSS Minister further said that from the 8th July, commercial flights will be restricted from landing at the Juba International airport until after the Independence Day to enable VIPs and world leaders to land and take off during the occasion.