Brazil’s Odebrecht to start building Nacala international airport in Mozambique

19 May 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 May – The first stone to transform the Nacala military air base in Mozambique’s Nampula province, into an international civilian will be laid Thursday, Macauhub has learned from airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique (AdM).

The work, with an estimated cost of US$120 million, was awarded to Brazil’s Odebrecht which, over a 20-month period, will build passenger, and cargo terminals and a control tower as well as repaving the runway, which will be 3,400 metres long and be able to receive Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.

The AdM source told Macauhub that the transformation of the airbase into a civilian airport was a contribution to the offer of new opportunities for the Mozambican economy and the development of the Nacala corridor.

It is estimated that after conclusion of the work the airport will see passenger traffic of 600,000 people per year.

Mozambique is investing heavily in the airport sector, particularly in expanding and modernising Maputo international airport, with Chinese funding, and expanding and modernising the airports of Vilanculos and Pemba, in the tourist provinces of Inhambane and Cabo Delgado, respectively.

In their turn, refurbishment and modernisation work on Inhambane airport, in the south of Mozambique, is due to begin in January 2011, and the airport will be able to receive Boeing 737/200 aircraft after work is concluded.

As part of the investments being made in the airport sector work is also underway to improve facilities and equipment at the airports of Sofala, Tete and Zambézia, a project worth US$27 million funded by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida). (macauhub)