Angola: Lubango airbase to become international airport

20 January 2009

Lubango, Angola, 20 Jan – Work to transform the Lubango airbase, in Angola’s Huíla province, into an international airport began last week with the clearing and levelling of the area surrounding the current facility, a provincial official said in Lubango.

Mundu Pedrous, provincial director for natioanl airport company, Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (ENANA), said that work would include restoration of the secondary runway and lengthening the main runway by a further 360 metres as well as installing a modern lighting system for night flights, construction of a new airport apron with a capacity for two Boeing 777 type aircraft, or three 737s.

The work includes construction of a new passenger terminal, with modern characteristics, with two floors, covering an area of around 5,000 square metres. Another cargo terminal will also be built in the same area.

Lubango airport is located in an area of 96,000 square metres and the work is expected to cost 62 million euros.

The work is expected to be concluded before the Africa Cup of Soccer to be held in Angola.

In order to remodel Lubango airport, the Council of Ministers authorised Enana to sign a contract with a consortium made up of firms Andrade Gutierrez/Zagope-Construção e Engenharia/HOMT Limited. (macauhub)