United States funds airport studies in Mozambique

24 October 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Oct – Mozambican airport company Aeroportos de Moçambique received US$445,000 from a US development agency in order to carry out the studies for the expansion of the airports of Pemba and Nacala in the north of the country and the Vilanculos resort in the south, officials said.

The studies, made possible by the donation from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), are intended to determine the cost of expanding the airports of Pemba and Nacala as well as analyzing the impact of expanding the Vilanculos airport in Inhambane province.

Both Pemba and Vilanculos are tourist destinations.

This agreement is the second signed between the USTDA and Aeroportos de Moçambique and the first was focused on implementing an air traffic control plan, which is considered to have improved air safety in the region.

António Loureiro of Aeroportos de Moçambique said at the ceremony to sign the agreement with the USTDA that the funding was part of the company’s plans for the 2006-2008 period which included expanding Pemba and Vilanculos airports and converting the Nacala air base into a civilian airport. (macauhub)