Rumbek Aviation Authority receives new terminal
By Kitab A Unango
The United Nations World Food Programmed (WFP) has handed over a new terminal building Worth USD100,000 to the aviation authorities in Rumbek.
The building was constructed by the WFP and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) as a contribution to the aviation industry in South Sudan, travelling public and the community of Rumbek.
It is also to facilitate humanitarian activities for over 300 organizations including United Nations (UN) agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and diplomatic missions.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at Rumbek Airport yesterday, Emmanuel Sebit Makuc, the Airport Manager thanked the WFP and UNHAS for the construction adding it would help the community as well.
“We thank the WFP and UNHAS. This has been the most impressive project that will change the livelihood of people of Rembek,” Sebit said.
He called on WFP, UNHAS and other organizations in the country to provide fence for the airport to prevent cattle and other animals from entering the Airport which he said was dangerous.
Mario Sibrian, Chief UNHAS pointed out that the terminal will ensure access to most remote and challenging location in the country adding UNHAS was also training aviation staff to ensure service delivery in the country.
“We target to serve humanitarian communities because they are the ones who attend to humanitarian needs in the country and also the commercial site of the terminal will benefit the community.
“UNHAS is already providing trainings for more than 500 national staff from different international non-governmental organizations and the government aviation Security Basic Awareness and Airside driving,” said Sibrian..
WFP- UNHAS is currently repairing five Airstrips across the country including Aweil, Maban, Rubkona, Bor and Kapoeta Airstrips.
UNHAS has a fleet of 14 passenger aircrafts in South Sudan consisting of 10 fixed-wing planes and 4 helicopters which is the highest number of aircrafts in any UNHAS operation globally after the Democratic Republic of Congo with a total of seven aircraft then Sudan with Six.
Seven of the aircraft are based in Rumbek, four that transport passengers and light humanitarian cargo for UNHAS, two send WFP food to vulnerable communities for WFP Logistics, and another sends non-food items on behalf of the Logistics Cluster.