Brazil’s Odebrecht to build Nacala International Airport, Mozambique

4 February 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 Feb –Construction work to build Nacala International Airport, in Nampula province, northern Mozambique, is due to begin in April, government spokesman, Alberto Nkutumula said Wednesday in Maputo.

After the Council of Ministers meeting, the spokesman said that the contract had already been signed and the government had approved it at Wednesday’s meeting.

The work, which is estimated to cost US$112 million, was contracted to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which will have 23 months to transform the current Nacala Airbase into an international airport.

The contract includes construction of passenger and cargo terminals and a control tower as well as repaving the runway, which will be 3,400 metres long and able to receive Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the government spokesman said that the transformation of the landing strip into a civilian airport aimed to meet the development challenges of Nacala district which, over the last few years, had been the target of investment projects, taking into consideration its status of special economic area.

Nkutumula also said that the government believed that international airports, which work as terminals in the north of the country, would also contribute to attracting European, US and northern African air carriers, due to reduced flight times and resulting lower operating costs. (macauhub)