Angola: Building work at Luanda airport to cost US$74 million

19 January 2009

Luanda, Angola, 19 Jan – The Angolan government ahs earmarked US$74 million for restoration and expansion work at Luanda International Airport, the chairman of Angolan state airport manager, Enana, said Friday in Launda.

According to Jorge Correia de Melo, with this project, which is expected to take a year to implement, the airport will have a modernised passenger terminal with two equipped departure lounges, 28 check in desks, with capacity to serve around 3.6 million passengers per year.

The work, which is already underway, is the responsibility of Portuguese construction firm Somague and will be carried out in stages. The first pahse will be related to the arrivals area, the car park and the main runway.

The project’s second stage will cover departures and the second floor.

The work will increase the number of baggage claim conveyors three-fold, both at departures and arrivals and a car park will be built for around 10 buses, 24 taxis and 650 miscellaneous vehicles.

Luanda International Airport as it stands was built in the 1960s and covers an area of approximately 13,600 square metres, its buildings have three floors and it deals with around 1.2 million passengers per year.

At the same meeting with the press, Jorge de Melo said that his company was carrying out repairs/modernisation on 30 large, medium and small airports across the country.

The chairman of Enana noted that in 2007 the government had granted US$400 million for the repair of airports as part of the national reconstruction programme.

That amount, de Melo said, was being used both for construction and recuperation of infrastructures and to provide new equipment, including air navigation systems. (macauhub)