Lubango international airport in Angola ready in next few days

9 December 2009

Lubango, Angola, 9 Dec – The new Lubango international airport, in the capital of Angola’s Huila province, is due to be handed over within the next few days, the head of the company responsible for inspecting the project told Angolan news agency Angop.

Marcos Boa-Hora said that currently finishing work was underway, such as painting, laying floors, pavements and gardens, and the arrival of equipment to set up the baggage claim area was awaited, which should happen “within five days.”

“The airport’s passenger terminal is practically finished, there is just some finishing work to do, and so I believe that the project will be delivered in ten days,” he said.

The new airport has two departure lounges (national and international), VIP rooms, seven stores, a 23-metre high control tower, four lifts and four escalators.

The new apron has capacity for three Boeing 777 aircraft and two 737s, it has an autonomous drinking water supply system and a power plant equipped with two generator groups, to provide power to the airport in cases where the public grid fails.

The airport, work on which is estimated to cost US$92 million and began in February last after being granted to a consortium made up of Andrade Gutierrez/Zagope – Construção e Engenharia/HOMT Ltd, also has a car park for 300 vehicles, a terminal to park buses and another for taxis.

The airport, which is equipped to receive night flights, has two runways, one that is 3,300 metres long and 60 metres wide and another that is 2,500 metres long. Some 350,000 passengers per year are expected to use the airport. (macauhub)