Chinese company expands and modernises Vilanculos aerodrome, Mozambique

4 November 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 Nov – Work to expand and modernise Vilanculos aerodrome in Mozambique’s Inhambane province, is due to be concluded in February 2011, director Ercília Salomé Mucavela told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The project, which began in July at the hands of Sogecoa Mozambique, a subsidiary of Chinese group Anhui Foreign Economic Construction, aims to offer users a comfortable facility with international standards with capacity to serve around 200,000 passengers per year, as compared to 62,000 currently.

Mucavela said that the initial project, which included construction of a new terminal with departure lounges for domestic and international flights as well as a VIP lounge, had been changed with the introduction of additional services, and thus the former building was knocked down and replaced with a purpose built one.

The new terminal at the aerodrome, which started receiving international traffic once again in 1997, will have bar and restaurant services for user and the local community, travel agencies, car rental, as well as a room equipped with new information and communication technologies, including Internet access.

The project, which is valued at just over US$9 million, was awarded to Sogecoa Moçambique following an international public tender.

Outside the tourist season Vilanculos aerodrome deals with between 15 and 20 daily flights and at the peak of the tourist season 20 to 25 aircraft use the facility each day, mainly carrying national and international passengers. (macauhub)