Kuito airport, in Angola, “reopens to air traffic”

1 September 2009

Kuito, Angola, 1 Sept – Kuito airport in Angola’s Bié province, with a new 2,750-metre runway, re-opened Monday following building work that took five years.

The refurbishment work, which was the responsibility of Angolan company Paviterra, cost US$14 million and will make it possible for Taag’s Boeing 737-200 and 737-700 aircraft to operate three times a week to the city.

Work on the “Joaquim Kapango” airport will also make it possible for it to be used at night.

Bié province is located in central Angola and has nine municipalities, the capital, Kuito, Andulo, Catabola, Chinguari, CHitembo, Camacupa, Kunhinga, Kuemba and Nharêa, over an area of 70,314 square kilometres.

So far the aerodrome at Andulo municipality has served as the alternative to Kuito airport, but could only receive small and medium-sized aircraft. (macauhub)