Minister announces construction of new airport in Mbanza Kongo, Angola

10 June 2010

Mbanza Kongo, Angola, 10 June – Angola’s Minister for Urbanism and Construction, José Ferreira, Tuesday announced the construction, as of next year, of a new airport for the city of Mbanza Kongo, the capital of Zaire province.

Ferreira gave assurances that the area for building the airport had been located (in the South of the city).

He noted that the current Mbanza Kongo airstrip, in the centre of the city, was a danger to the population, and thus it was necessary to build a new airport outside the city.

Whilst the airport is being built, Ferreira said that the government had contracted the reconstruction of the current airstrip in order to allow aircraft to safely land.

The minister said that work on the airport would begin in July and take 18 months.

“Contractors have a month to mobilise equipment and funding, which means that as of 12 July work will certainly begin,” he said.

For construction or water, energy, sanitation, telecommunications and road facilities, the central government has provided US$57 million. (macauhub)