15, July 2017
The Bafut airport in the Bamenda County is set to begin receiving airplanes from La Republique du Cameroun. With no roads linking Bamenda and the West region, the man representing Francophone interest in the county, Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique and the General Manager of Camairco, Ernest Dikoum have ascertained the readiness of the airport ahead of the inaugural flight on 20th July 2017 inaugural flight.
During an evaluation visit to the airport the GM of the Cameroon Airlines company and the Governor were satisfied with the state of equipment and the enthusiasm of the staff. The Director of the Airport’s management Corporation (ADC), Angu Anyangwe Richard and the civil aviation team leader, Mukete Simon took the visiting delegation round the different installation including the Control Tower which they confirm was in good working condition and eagerly waiting for planes.
A brand new automatic weather station which is indispensable during landing and takeoff of flights was presented to the visiting delegation by the head of the metro-logical facility, Tamfu Julius. Airport authorities noted that repairs works are on course to check cracks and grass on the run way. They also reassured the officials that potable water will be made available at the airport and a standby generator has already been installed to pre-empt eventual blackouts.
With regards to airport safety, they expressed satisfaction with the equipment and readiness of the Fire Brigade. Other issues related to security were discussed during a close door session. Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique reassured Camairco boss of the assistance of the administration and security forces. The launch of direct flights to Bamenda is in line with the new policy of the national carrier to capitalize and develop internal and sub-regional flights.