Government says Tuesday power failure at main airport was caused by a ‘trip’

Government says Tuesday power failure at main airport was caused by a ‘trip’

The power outage at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Tuesday was caused by a trip on the electricity supply system, Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Mutaba Mwali tried to explain
And the National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL) has suspended the use of lifts, escalators and the arrival baggage carousel until power supply is restored to full capacity in the terminal building.
Despite passengers who were affected explaining that they just passed through without their luggage being checked, Mwali, who was not at the airport claimed that during the outage, checked-in luggage and passengers were screened appropriately and that security and safety measures were in place.
There was no power and aiport was in total darkness for 8 hours but Mwali, speaking from his office in town said a standby generator was immediately activated and restored power to most crucial areas of the airport, except for the concourse where power failure persisted because of a medium voltage panel which had broken down as a result of the power outage.
“Engineers from both Zesco and NACL were on hand to repair the broken down panel.The engineers restored supply to the concourse for lighting and check in through a bypass,” he said.
Dr Mwali said standby generators supplied electricity to other facilities such as the control block, runway, taxiways and navigation aids during the power blackout.
“Management regrets the inconvenience caused to customers and passengers and would also like to thank Zesco for their timely intervention,” he said.
He said the public will be informed as soon as operations are normalised at the airport.

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