Mozambique: Government modernises airports of Vilanculos, Nacala, Beira, Tete, Quelimane and Maputo

16 June 2008

Vilanculos, Mozambique, 16 June – Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC) is to carry out expansion work on the airport of Vilanculos,, in MOzambique’s Inhambane province, the chairman of airport management form, Empresa de Aeroportos de Moçambique told Macauhub.

Diodino Cambaza said that when expansion work was complete, which would cost and estimated US$15 million, the airport’s capacity would increase from 65,000 to 200,000 people per year.

Cambaza also said that the Nacala military airbase, in Nampula province, would be transformed into a civil airport with an estimated investment of US$60 million.

The study will be carried out by a US company and the board of Nacala airport is seeking out financing for the work, which will increase the airport’s capacity from 500,000 to 600,000 passengers per year.

Cambaza told Macauhub that the work would take 20 months.

He noted that improvement work was also underway a airports in the central region of the country, in Beira (Sofala province), Tete (Tete) and Quelimane, in Zambézia province.

The work, which is expected to cost US$28 million, is funded by the Danish Agency for International Development.

Maputo International Airport is also undergoing expansion work which will be concluded by the end of 2009 at a cost of US$75 million according to Cambaza.

He said that work was being carried out by Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC), which was granted the international tender to modernise the airport. (macauhub)

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