Malanje, Angola, 29 Dec – The programme to build and modernise Angola’s airports will cover the country’s 18 provinces, the Minister for Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomás said at the inauguration ceremony of the refurbished airport in Malanje province.
According to Angolan news agency Angop, the ceremony was the culmination of a number of activities carried out by the minister since Monday, including the inauguration of the Luanda railroad and the restitution of vehicles, destroyed in the civil war at the service of the state, to citizens.
In his turn, the director of the Provincial Airport and Aerodrome Management Department of Angola’s national airport management company Enana, Emanuel Candengue, said that modernisation of Malanje airport had cost the Angolan state US$10 million.
“Following the building work, the airport has capacity to receive large aircraft,” said Candengue adding that the runway was now 2,200 metres long and 110 metres wide.
The work done on the airport consisted of rebuilding the passenger terminal, the departure lounge of which had its capacity increased from 25 to 168 passengers, the apron, the runway and the taxi-way.
In 2010 the airports of Benguela, Cabinda, Huila and Luanda were rebuilt and modernised. (macauhub)