Sao Tome and Principe: Modernisation work at Principe airport due to start this month

7 January 2009

Santo António, Sao Tome and Principe, 7 Jan – Modernisation work on the airport at Principe Island is due to begin in the second half of January, Dutch businessman Rombout Swarborn told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The businessman, who owns tourist resort Bombom and SCD Aviation, on 17 May, 2008 signed an agreement to modernise and manage Principe airport for 15 years.

The agreement stipulated that modernisation work was due to begin 60 days after the 5 million-euro contract was signed.

Seven months have gone by and the work is now due to start, with Swarborn saying the delay was due to “surveys on the state of the runway,” and the type of investments that need to be made to modernise the airport.

The deal for modernisation of the airport outlines total reconstruction of its runway and extension by 150 metres, increasing it to a total of 1,400 metres.

With the work, Príncipe Airport will, for the first time, have a lighting system, departure lounges for VIP passengers, travelators and aircraft supply hangars.

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.

A second deal hands over to SCD Aviation the concession rights of air traffic exploration in four countries of that sub-region of Africa: Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Cameroon. (macauhub)