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Forthcoming SADC summit poses parking woes for aircraft at Swazi airport

Swaziland has opened the old Matsapha Airport to provide parking space for heads of states and government who will arrive in private aircraft to attend an Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community on March 18.This is carried in a communiqué from the SADC Secretariat office in Botswana where member countries were notified about the summit logistics on March 2.

“All aircraft bringing delegates to the Extraordinary SADC Summit and the SADC Council of Ministers’ meeting will land and take off at the King Mswati III International Airport. Due to limited parking space some aircraft may have to reposition to Matsapha Airport where additional aircraft parking space will be available,” reads the letter.

Governments were also requested to apply for over-flight and landing clearances through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for landing permits, landing slots and parking spaces.

The announcement further defines the cars that have to be used to transport delegates, which are a VVIP car for the head of government, a Luxury VVIP car for the first lady, a luggage van for the head of state, a VIP car for the head of ministerial delegation, a VIP car for other ministers.

The schedule of the summit features the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials on March 9-10, the Ministerial Task Force on Regional Integration on March 11, The SADC Ministerial Retreat on March 12-14 the SADC Council of Ministers meeting on March 15-16 and the heads of states summit on March 18.

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