Government has said that the power outage experienced at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Tuesday was as a result of the trip on the entire electricity supply system.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Deputy minister Mutaba Mwali said in a statement yesterday that despite the outage, the luggage check-in and passengers were screened appropriately and security and safety measures were in place at all times.
Mr Mwali said standby generators were immediately activated and restored power to most parts 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.
He said engineers from ZESCO and the National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL) managed to repair the broken down panel and restored supply to the concourse for lighting and checking-in through a bypass.
“Electricity supply to other facilities such as the control block, runway, taxiways and navigation aids was constant during this period through the stand by generators,” Mr Mwali said.
He said investigations to establish the cause of the trip have been instituted.
NACL has since suspended the use of lifts, escalators and the arrival baggage carousel at the airport until full power supply was restored in the terminal building.
Management has since apologized to the customers and passengers for the inconvenience caused and thanked ZESCO for their timely intervention.