Investment of 9 billion euros to give Angola most modern airport in Southern Africa

19 June 2006

Luanda, Angola, 19 June – Angola is set to have the most modern airport in Southern Africa in a 9 billion eruo investment being led by Chinese companies, the Africa Monitor newsletter reported.

According to the publication, the final details of the project, which is being organized in great secrecy, will be set during a visit by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Angola on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The total value of the investment, Africa Monitor said, still depends on the overall size of the new Luanda airport and the complementary infrastructures that are set up, particularly those related to transport.

The new airport will cover an area of around 11,000 hectares, to the north of Luanda in an area that has already been officially named as a State Reserve.

The airport will also be the site of a Boeing-certified maintenance center for the Southern Africa region.

This project, according to Africa Newsletter, is part of a package offered in exchange for the acquisition of six Boeing aircraft by Angolan airline TAAG.

The construction of the new airport is considered to be a priority due to the level fo saturation and ill-repair the current airport is in. the old airport cannot be expanded as it is too close to the city. (macauhub)