The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has bemoaned the tendency of some Mzuzu City residents to trespass on Mzuzu Airport saying they risk causing a serious accident.
The residents have created footpaths through the airport as shortcuts between Chiputula and Chiwanja townships.
Mzuzu Airport Acting Airport Commandant and Senior Flight Information Officer, Joseph Moyo said people still cross the airport runway despite signposts warning them against the tendency.
“We have tried several times to put a fence on the eastern side of the airport where people introduced multiple footpaths but they break the fence.
“We have also put warning signs about the dangers of crossing the airfield but people ignore the warnings,” Moyo said.
He said some people pass through the airport with bicycles, wheelbarrows and motorbikes.
“Sometimes they drop metallic objects that may likely cause accidents when the plane comes,” he said.
Moyo then asked Mzuzu City Council (MCC) to intervene by informing block leaders in the city to sensitise residents on the dangers of trespassing an airport.
“We wrote a letter two weeks ago to the MCC Chief Executive Officer to help us in passing information to block leaders to tell people in their communities about the matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mzuzu Airport has inadequate security personnel to curb the challenge as it has only 15 airport police officers who work in three shifts.
The Mzuzu Airport is located within the city’s central business district (CBD) and there are plans to relocate it.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :