Nacala, Mozambique, 15 Sept – Work to convert the Military airbase of Nacala, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, into an international commercial airport are due to begin in January 2010 with investment from Brazil.
Mozambican newspaper Notícias said that an engineering study was underway to transform the military infrastructure that was expected to be concluded within the next four months for later approval by Aeroportos de Moçambique.
Work on the airport is expected to be concluded at the end of August 2011 according to Fernando Soares, who is heading a team of consultants from a Brazilian company involved in the work.
After the work is finished, the future civil airport of Nacala will have the capacity to process 600,000 passengers a year and receive large aircraft.
Soares said that the fund to finance the project was of between US$80 and US$100 million, which would be provided by the Brazilian Government.
Expenses related to the administrative component of the project will be supported by the Mozambican government.
With the transformation of the Nacala airbase into a commercial airport the Mozambican government plans to set up conditions for the cost of air links between that duty free region of northern Mozambique and countries in Asia and America to be reduced as there are potential investments in railway and tourism facilities from these regions. (macauhub)