Mukanka international airport opens in Angola

8 January 2010

Lubango, Angola, 8 Jan – Mukanka international airport in the southern city of Lubango has opened for commercial flight operations, Angola’s Angop news agency reported on Friday.

The facility was officially inaugurated last 29 December by Prime Minister Paulo Kassoma after being built in 11 months by a Brazilian consortium comprising Andrade Gutierrez and Zagope.

Mukanka international airport will annually move 500,000 passengers and more than a million tonnes of cargo.

The new infrastructure in the capital of Huila province was built in two phases and cost US$144 million. Its main runway is 3,200 metres long and 60 metres wide and was conceived to handle aircraft such as the Boeing 777 or 747.

The Mukanka airport has an apron with capacity to park six aircraft and is also equipped for night operations.

The terminal has international and domestic boarding and disembarking areas, an area for support services such as customs, migration and fiscal police, a building for fire-fighters, local airline offices, shops, restaurants, protocol areas, a new control tower, power station and a parking area for 300 vehicles, including buses and taxis. (macauhub)