Luanda, Angola, 29 Dec – The first phase of refurbishment, expansion and modernisation of Luanda International Airport, costing some US$74million has been concluded, according to the airport’s director Joaquim Cunha.
In an interview with radio station Radio Nacional de Angola, Cunha said that 4 de Fevereiro Airport would be opened to the public with new departure areas including 26 desks and arrivals with three baggage carrousels, as well as improvements to passenger services and equipment.
The first phase of work, which was contracted out to Brazilian company Odebrecht and Portugal’s Somague and inspected by Dar Al Handasah, took 7 months.
The airport will now have capacity to deal with 1,000 passengers per hour taking annual traffic from 1.2 million people to 3.6 million.
Overall refurbishment work on the airport is expected to cost US$153 million, according to Angola’s minister for transport, Augusto Tomás at the opening of the new facilities Sunday.
The New Luanda International Airport si also under construction in Viana, some 40 kilometres from Luanda, with two double runways and capacity to receive 10 million passengers per year.
The new airport is being built by China International Fund Limited, and will be concluded in 2010. (macauhub)