Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Jan – Workl to transform the Nacala military air base in Mozambique’s Nampula province, into a civilian airport is due to begin in the first quarter of this year, according to Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Paulo Zucula.
An economic and financial feasibility study carried out by a US company concluded that US$60 million would need to be invested in the transformation.
Nacala airport, once the work is concluded, will be able to receive large aircraft and it is expected to handle between 500,000 and 600,000 passengers per year.
The study pointed to the expansion work taking 20 months.
Several Mozambican airports are scheduled to be refurbished and modernised, with a view to them being used as transit points mainly during the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.
Modernisation of Maputo International Airport, which will cost US$75 million will be carried out by Chinese company, Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC).
Mozambique is gradually liberalising its airspace, a measure which is aimed at accommodating the entry of new national and international operators into the market.
TAP-Air Portugal, South African Airways and Kenya Airways, amongst other airlines, currently fly routes to Mozambique. (macauhub)