Monday, 2 January 2017

SUDAN: Khartoum International Airport Closure Causes Flight Delays

Khartoum International Airport was closed on Thursday evening, which caused delays of both inbound and outbound flights.

Fire at an ammunition and explosives storage inside the airport perimeter in an area occupied by Sudan's armed forces, which prompted the airport management to shut down all operations until the fire had been put out.

It appears that no major explosions of ordnance took place, a stroke of good luck for that matter as such an incident could have cause major damage through blast waves and flying debris to parked aircraft, engineering hangars and terminal buildings.

A Kenyan aviation source on condition of anonymity said 'We also have a Kenya Air Force base at JKIA, on the Embakasi side. I am not aware they store ammunitions there.

Our air force mainly uses the former Eastleigh Aerodrome and has bases as far as Nanyuki. Those facilities, which are not open to civilian air traffic, of course store ammunitions but to keep explosives at a civilian airport is simply a big no go!

But then, Khartoum plays by different rules it seems. I wonder what global bodies like ICAO and IATA have to say about such incidents'.

The airport in Khartoum was closed for about two hours on Thursday night while firefighters put out the blaze at the explosives store.