Mukanka Airport in Lubango inaugurated to serve south of Angola

30 December 2009

Lubango, Angola, 30 Dec – The Angolan authorities Tuesday inaugurated Mukanka Airport, in Huila province, the first airport built from scratch in the country since Angola’s independence in 1975.

Work on the new airport, built by Brazilian consortium Andrade Gutierrez and Zagope, took 11 months.

The project cost US$144 million.

The new airport with a main runway that is 3,200 metres long and 60 metres wide, was designed to receive Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft.

Mukanka airport, which has an apron to park six aircraft, was also designed to receive night flights.

Angola’s prime minister, Antonio Paulo Cassoma said during the official opening that the new airport ‘will be the main gateway to the southern region of Angola.”(macauhub)