According to the Director-General of the Aeronautical Authority, these airports will be operational by the end of 2017.
According to Paule Assoumou Koki, the Director-General (DG) of the Aeronautical Authority, the airports of Batouri and Bertoua will soon be rehabilitated. Paule Assoumou Koki, on a visit to the Eastern Region on 31 January, made a formal statement on the subject: “The airports of Batouri and Bertoua will be operational as soon as the works scheduled for September of this year are completed, “He said.
Except that at present, as the Daily newspaper also notes, the airports in question are “currently in a state of disrepair, the airstrips are crowded with corn plantations, peanuts. The control towers are of another era, the meteorological services have facilities that have room only in the museums, the electrical installations do not work for several years, the children in search of playgrounds elect domicile On the landing strip all day long to play. Waiting rooms do not have a single chair, and as nature hates emptiness, mice, rats, cockroaches, reptiles have quickly made it their home. “
In spite of this reality described above, the DG of the Aeronautical Authority remains optimistic. His visit allowed him to measure the scope and type of work to be carried out. “Beyond the technical problems and equipment, there is a problem of human resources, we must retrain the staff so that when the time comes, everyone is ready,” she said.
After carrying out the tour of the owner Paule Assoumou Koki added that “urgently, what is important in aviation is the technical platform capable of accommodating aircraft. What was planned in emergency in 2017 for the airports of Bertoua and Batouri is to rehabilitate telecommunications equipment, meteorology, fire safety.
The work, it has learned from the DG of the Aeronautical Authority, will begin in the coming weeks.