New airport facilities nearing completion in Maputo, Mozambique

8 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Jun – New facilities at Maputo’s international airport will be completed within a maximum of 15 days, says Transport and Communications Minister Paulo Zucula, cited by the Maputo-based daily Noticias.

The airport modernisation contract was signed in April 2009 after the tender was awarded to the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC). At the time, the company’s vice-president, Jiang Zhaoyao, guaranteed that all work would be finished before the start of the World Cup, but has acknowledged that “the time frame was very tight”.

Initial plans envisaged that the facilities would be ready in time to be used during the month-long football competition, which gets under way later this week in several cities in neighbouring South Africa.

The first phase of the project to modernise Mozambique’s main airport covered the construction of a new presidential VIP pavilion, new control tower, new cargo terminal and separate domestic and international passenger terminals.

Also included are the installation of fuel supply outlets and construction of an incinerator to handle waste from aircraft and other service areas.

The cargo terminal was the first component to be completed and has been in use since last January. (macauhub)