New aerodrome in Vilanculos to start operating in Mozambique

17 January 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Jan – The new Vilanculos aerodrome in Mozambique is due to ready by the end of February or beginning of March and officially start operating in April, according to projections from airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique.

According to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias, construction of the aerodrome, expected to cost US$10 million was due to substantial growth in tourism, particularly international tourism, seen over the last four years in Inhambane province.

Manuel Veterano, chairman of Aeroportos de Moçambique, said that the aerodrome was a viable project because it would be profitable, as its main users would be the luxury tourist resorts on the Bazarutio archipelago where, sometimes, a night’s accommodation can cost US$7,500.

In the previous tourist peak, between November and January, the current aerodrome processed 63,000 tourists, over 90 percent of which were foreigners, which was a real increase of 20,000 tourists against the previous peak season.

In that period the aerodrome received an average of 30 flights per day, traffic that was only exceeded at the international airports of Maputo and Beira.

In Vilanculos there are eight main tourist resorts, ad the region has 3,000 beds, without counting the resorts of Indigo Bay and Santa Carolina, in the Inhassoro district. (macauhub)