Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Aug – The new international passenger terminal at Maputo Airport is due to be inaugurated in the first week of November, a source close to the company’s board of directors told Macauhub.
“We are working towards inaugurating the new international passenger terminal on 1 November,” the source said.
The source also said that currently work was being carried out “at full throttle,” on the control tower.
“We are at a very advanced stage and by 1 November the tower will be operational,” the source said.
Work is in the hands of Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economics Construction Corporation (AFECC).
The new terminal will have five tunnels for direct access to aircraft.
The cargo terminal, which is part of the same modernisation package for Maputo International Airport, has been operating since last year.
Modernisation work on the domestic passenger terminal is due to begin in the second half of the year, according to the same source.
“At any moment we will be tearing down the facility and we are now carrying out studies,” the source said.
Modernisation work is being carried out on the airport based on mixed funding of US$75 million provided to Mozambique by the Chinese government, US$50 million of which in the form of a subsidised loan and the remaining US$25 million at commercial rates.
A further US$50 million is needed for the project’s conclusion.
It is estimated that after conclusion of the work Maputo airport will process 900,000 passengers per year as of 2016, as compared to 450,000 at the moment.
Modernisation work at Maputo airport began in the first few months of 2008
Maputo airport, with the modernisation underway, will be able to receive Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, and currently receives Airbus 340 aircraft. (macauhub)