Conversion of Mozambique airbase into airport to cost US$13 million

3 March 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 03 Mar – The conversion of the Nacala airbase, in the northern Mozambique province of Nampula, into a civil airport is expected to cost US$13 million, said the director of the Mozambique airport administration company, António Loureiro, Thursday.

The program for converting the runway on the Nacala airbase was launched over three years ago, after a study found the project was sustainable and could become a distribution platform for air traffic from inside and outside the country.

According to Loureiro, quoted by Mozambique daily Notícias, the forecast investment will be spent on improving the runway, construction of a technical services building, a passenger and cargo terminal, among other infrastructures.

In order to adapt the runway to large aircraft such as Boeing 767, total investment would be US$13 million, while to adapt for medium-sized planes such as the Boeing 737, the total budget would be US$7 million.

According to Loureiro, the Mozambican authorities are currently looking to attract potential international partners to the project. (macauhub)