Angola: Luena airport receives medium sized aircraft again after Chinese company refurbishes runway

10 September 2008

Luena, Angola, 10 Sept – The Angolan airport fo Luena, in Moxico province, is due to start receiving medium-sized aircraft again in October following work carried out to repair 2,450 metres of its 3,200 metre-long runway, an official from Chinese construction company Sinohydro said in Luena.

Liu Yaxi, deputy director of the Chinese company told Angolan news agency Angop that by August 1,650 metres of runway had been repaired, which made its possible for small aircraft to land there.

Currently, 800 metres of the runway is being asphalted, he said, noting that for reconstruction and expansion of the runway the central government had invested US$9 million, as part of its Public Investment Programme (PIP 2007/2008)

The Chinese company was also granted the tender, last June, to lay new asphalt on the road of the city of Luena, across 21 kilometres in total, which is scheduled to be completed this month.

Sinohydro will also rebuild and expand 134 kilometres of teh road linking Luena to Lucusse, a project costing the central government US$90 million.

Since the start of work in March, initial work on compacting teh base layer of the road has been carried out over 60 kilometres of teh road, and asphalt will be laid on it in the next dry season. (macauhub)