Sao Tome and Principe: Government and SCD Aviation reach agreement on modernisation of Principe airport

19 May 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 19 May – The government of São Tome and Príncipe and SCD Aviation, owned by Dutch businessman Rombount Suarbont, owner of the Bom Bom resort, Saturday in São Tome signed two agreements on Principe airport and air traffic management.

The first deal focuses on the modernisation and management, for a 15-year period, of Principe airport and the second hands over to SCD Aviation the concession rights of air traffic exploration in four countries of that sub-region of Africa.

The deal for modernisation of the airport outlines total reconstruction of of its runway and extension by 150 metres (the local airport runway is currently 1,250 metres long).

All SCD Aviation’s aircraft will be stationed at Principe and this will become the starting point for Sao Tome and other cities in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Work on the airport is expected to cost over 5 million euros and is due to start 60 days after contracts are signed, and is scheduled to end 18 months later. (macauhub)