Brian Itaye – Mana

As part of the ongoing expansion and rehabilitation works at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) terminal building, the airport is set to have a new surveillance equipment since the previous one broke down in 2000.

The high cost of the surveillance equipment has made it difficult for it to be replaced as it was last quoted to be at K 750 million in 2009.

Chief Consultant for Japanese Marubeni Protechs, Takao Yamaguchi, main contractors behind the rehabilitation works said they intend to put in place secondary surveillance radar equipment and automatic dependence surveillance broadcast mode equipment.

“It was not so much of a problem in terms of any risks. The equipment which we would provide under this project would enable aircrafts to be seen by the controller and other aircrafts in the vicinity which will enhance separation and safety,” he said.

On Monday, the contractors took members of the media on tour of the site to provide an update on the progress that has been made so far on the project which is being financed by Governments of Japan and Malawi through Airport Development Limited (ADL) and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

As part of the expansion phase of the project a new arrival wing, new departure wing and a new domestic terminal are being constructed while the rehabilitation phase will see the expansion and rehabilitation of the passenger terminal building.

“We intend to install X-ray scanner for checked and carry-on baggage, metal detector gate, portable metal detector, aerial work platform plus CCTV system which will also enhance the security of the terminal,” he said…