Expansion of Inhambane airport in Mozambique, soon to be up for tender

8 April 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 April – The public tender to carry out refurbishment and expansion work on Mozambique’s Inhambane aerodrome is due to be launched in the next few days, Mozambican daily Notícias reported.

The paper said that the project was being prepared for some time and that it had even been announced that work would begin in August 2009, at the same time as work began for converting Vilanculos aerodrome into an international airport.

Information given a few days ago by airport manager Aeroportos de Moçambique (AdM) showed that work would include construction of areas for Customs, Immigration, Health, Veterinary and Agriculture services, as well as retail units.

With an estimated cost of 54 million meticals (US$1.9 million), the work will completely change the look of Inhambane aerodrome, doing away with the facility’s current abandoned appearance.

According to AdM the Inhambane project is part of a set of initiatives with a view to modernising its facilities, for which one of the biggest challenges is construction of Pemba International Airport.

Work to build the international airport from scratch will also go out to tender this month, according to information made public in March.

The idea to build a new airport in Pemba is the result of noting that the costs of expanding and modernising the current airport are practically the same as those of building an entirely new facility in another part of the capital of Cabo Delgado province. (macauhub)