Mozambique’s airports expect 3 pct increase in traffic by 2009

15 June 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 June – Mozambique’s airport management company, Aeroportos de Moçambique (ADM) expects a 3 percent increase in passenger traffic by 2009, due to increased economic activity, and tourism in particular.

According to Diodino Cambaza, the chairman of the state company, the increase will represent around 39,000 passengers, boosting the annual total to 1.339 million passengers using the country’s airports.

Quoted by daily newspaper Zambeze, Cambaza said that the projections pointed to a 3 percent increase in the number of Mozambican airports, and of 2.5 percent in the country’s air traffic.

The increases, he said, “will be reached taking into account the economic dynamism and advances in the tourism sector,” and also take into account traffic increases expected due to the Soccer World Cup, due to take place in South Africa in 2010.

According to Cambaza, in order to deal with the growth in traffic the company would invest US$80 million over the next three years, on construction and refurbishment work for Mozambique’s airports.

Of this total, 30 percent, or around US$24 million, will be provided by ADM, as Macauhub recently reported, and the remainder will be funded by the State budget and international donors.

The investment plan includes the modernization of airports at Beira, Quelimane and Tete, as well as expansion of the country’s main airport, in the capital, Maputo.

ADM is still at the stage of assessing the seven proposals put forward for the refurbishment and expansion tender for Maputo International Airport.

This project includes modernization of the airport, construction of a VIP pavilion, a new control tower, refurbishment and expansion of the cargo terminal, as well as modernization of road accesses. (macauhub)