Renovation of airport infrastructures in Angola expected to cost over US$400 million

20 October 2009

Luanda, Angola, 20 Oct – Angola’s Minister for Transport, Augusto Silva Tomás, said Monday in Luanda that the government programme for investment in airport infrastructures, which is already underway, is expected to cost at least US$400 million.

The minister, who was speaking at the closure of the seminar on “Restructuring of the Angolan air transport system, said that the programme included renewal of the sector with skilled staff, production of legal standards, construction and reconstruction of international and domestic airports and opening new international airlines, amongst other things.

According to Tomás, Angola needs a strong and well-developed air transport sector of a size that is comparable to that of larger countries in this field.

In his speech, the minister noted the need for Angola to develop a sustainable airline that fits in with the needs of the country’s market.

He noted the a lack of qualified staff in the transport sector, but added that a Higher Institute for Transport would be set up to deal with that problem.

The meeting discussed, amongst other subjects, international development trends and the main challenges faced, challenges of renovation of infrastructures in the Angolan airport sector and the transformation of Enana: Objectives and challenges.

Recognising that the sector was facing various challenges, Tomás said that the results already achieved were positive including the fact that the country’s flagship airline had returned to operating in Europe, the recuperation and modernisation Luanda International Airport and several provincial aerodromes, as well as the transformation of the airports of Catumbela (Benguela) and Lubango (Huíla) into international airports. (macauhub)