Luena, Angola, 14 Dec – The runway at Luena airport in Angolan province of Moxico, was re-opened Saturday after work that began in May 2007 was concluded by Chinese construction company Sinohydro Corporation to extend the runway from 2,400 metres to 3,350 metres and a width of 60 metres.
The work, which was part of the penultimate phase of improvements to the airport started nine years ago, cost US$9 million and now makes it possible for large aircraft such as Boeing 727-200 and 737-900 to land.
The final phase of refurbishment of the airport is due to begin in February 2010 with construction of a new two-floor terminal.
When all work has been concluded, at an estimated cost of US$40 million, Luena airport will be classified as an international airport. (macauhub)