Construction of Mozambique’s Nacala airport to create 700 jobs

19 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 May – Work to transform the Nacala airbase in Mozambique into an international airport is expected to create 700 jobs, a figure that will fall to 100 when the airport starts operating, government spokesman and deputy justice minister, Alberto Nkutumula said Tuesday in Maputo.

The spokesman added that of the initial number, just 50 jobs would be given to foreign workers, Brazilians in this case, as Brazil is partnering Mozambique to carry out the project.

At the end of a council of ministers meeting, Nkutumula said that the government had approved a resolution to ratify the contract to finance the construction and modernisation work for Nacala international Airport, which is being carried out by Brazilian company Odebrecht.

The government expects not only to increase revenues from tourism and airport traffic, but also a substantial increase in passenger traffic through the airport, which is expected to total between 500,000 and 600,000 people per year.

The project is also making sue of a US$80 million loans from the Brazilian government, provided by state bank, Banco de Desenvolvimento Económico e Social (BNDES) which will cover part of the estimated cost of US$120 million to carry out the work on the air base. (macauhub)