Angola: Building work at Luanda airport moving ahead at good rate

9 February 2009

Luanda, Angola, 9 Feb – Modernisation and expansion of Luanda International Airport, started some three weeks ago with the construction of a new car park, is moving ahead at a steady rate, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

The provisional area for the park, which already has a layer of asphalt, is being built by Brazilian company Odebrecht on the area where the previous car park was located, with capacity for over 800 cars.

The building work is being carried out by Odebrecht, which has been operating in the country for 25 years (1984-2009), and is being inspected by Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and partners).

Airport management company ENANA was also authorised to sign a contract with Portuguese company Somague Engenharia, which will deal with the expansion and refurbishment of the airport’s passenger terminal.

The project, which is expected to take 12 months to complete, according to the Angolan Transport minister, Augusto Tomás, will increase the number of departure lounges, check in desks, baggage conveyors, as well as the capacity to deal with passengers from 400 to 1,000 per hour.

As well as building a new reception hall for passengers and increasing the car park capacity to by an extra 800 vehicles, the aircraft exit area will also be refurbished, with a view to minimising congestion on the apron and on approaching the airport.

As part of the project to improve the airport, taxiways will also be built, routes widened, as well as modification and widening of access roads, all of which carried out by Odebrecht.

Work underway at the airport also aims to increase its number of passengers from 1.2 million to 3.6 million, at an estimated investment of US$74 million. (macauhub)