Mozambique: Modernization and expansion of Maputo Airport concluded by June 2010

15 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 April – The formal agreement to carry out expansion and modernisation of Maputo international Airport was signed Monday in Maputo by airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique and Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC).

The project, which is already underway and is estimated to cost US$75 million, supplied via a loan from China’s Exim Bank, includes construction of a new international passenger terminal and apron, expansion of the existing terminal and its refurbishment to deal with domestic travellers and creation of a duty free area, as well as building a VIP presidential area and respective access roads and car park.

The work handed over by the chairman of Aeroportos de Moçambique (ADM), Manuel Veterano, to the vice president of Chinese construction company AFECC, Jiang Zhaoyao, also includes construction of the new control tower and its access roads and car park.

Speaking after handing over the project, Jiang gave assurances that the work would be delivered before the beginning of the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa, which begins in June, 2010.The new cargo terminal, which is already in operation, was self-financed by ADM with a total of US$6.7 million.

Maputo airport was originally opened in the 1960s and was designed to deal with 60,000 passengers per year, and now deals with over 600,000 travellers, which has led to some problems, namely in terms of security due to people crossing paths in the arrival and departure process.

The Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation also built the Joaquim Chissano conference centre, as well as the country’s parliament and foreign ministry buildings.

AFEC is also involved in work to expand and modernise Vilanculos airport, a project estimated to cost US%15 million located in the province of Inhambane, in southern Mozambique. (macauhub)