Monday, August 19, 2013

■ CONGO (KINSHASA): MONUSCO upgrades Bunia Airport for night time ops.

The regional director of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, has officially inaugurated new air traffic control equipment for the international airport at its headquarters in Bunia, in the eastern Ituri region of Orientale Province of the DRC.

Bunia Airport runway (danfahey)
In the presence of the national director of Congolese airports authority (Régie des Voies Aériennes - RVA), Mr Vincent Futa, Mr Kobler also formally handed over a completed runway lighting and marking project carried out by MONUSCO in partnership with the local authorities and RVA agents.

This equipment and the installed runway edge lights and markings, which cost USD450'000 entirely funded by MONUSCO, now provide the airport with the capacity to handle night time flights as well as aiding in improved ATC operations during adverse weather conditions.

Bunia is also served regularly by CAA - Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation (BU).

In addition to installing lights for the apron and the 1'850m long runway 10/28, MONUSCO has also installed new radio communication equipment that allows the control tower to locate and communicate with an aircraft within a radius 120km+, or twice the range of the previous equipment.

It should be noted that MONUSCO had previously enlarged this airport’s apron and continues to provide almost daily maintenance to the landing strip.