Angola to invest US$400 million on renewal of 32 airports by 2010

16 February 2007

Luanda, Angola, 16 Feb – Angolan state airport manager, Enana, plans to invest US$400 million over the next two years to renew and refurbish its airports and aerodromes, the company’s chairman said in Luanda Wednesday.

Jorge de Melo, who was speaking a the opening ceremony of the first widened meeting of airport and aerodrome directors, said that his company would put the airports in an operational state and said that the state of some of them was currently critical, particularly those at which the national airline does not operate.

By 2010 Enana plans to refurbish some 32 airports and aerodromes, together with the Ministry of Public Works, de Melo said.

The chairman of the company also said that the next four years would be decisive for the recuperation and development of the country’s airports.

“The company this year has the responsibility of recovering, restructuring and placing the airports in an operational state,” said Enana’s chairman.

Several airports around the country are currently in a “sad state” due to a long period of war,” he noted.

At the meeting, which lasted two days, directors of the country’s airports and aerodromes met to discuss issues related to the management, operation, functioning and restructuring of the sector.

The event will deal with issues such as human resources management, professional training, budgetary planning and control, current legislation, commercial policy and the strategy for repairing airport infrastructures and equipment. (macauhub)