New international airport in Pemba, Mozambique, expected to cost US$300 million

23 November 2010

Pemba, Mozambique, 23 Nov – The new Pemba international airport in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province is likely to cost US$300 million, according to preliminary figures announced by the director of the project office of airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique (AdM).

The company has given up the idea of refurbishing and extending the existing Pemba airport and instead will now launch a public tender for construction of a new airport, which is expected to happen in 2011.

The head of the AdM projects office, António Loureiro, said that the new airport was expected to cost US$300 million and would be able to receive 500,000 people per year.

The new Pemba airport is likely to be built under concession and work will take between four and five years.

During a tourist investment conference in Pemba, Loureiro said that the plan was to build an airport of international dimensions in Pemba, with capacity to handle large aircraft.

Pemba airport is one of the busiest in Mozambique due to the large number of Mozambican and foreign tourists that use it to travel to tourists resorts in the province, and receives an average of 1,200 people per day. (macauhub)