Ponta do Ouro aerodrome, in Mozambique to re-open to air traffic soon

15 November 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Nov – The Ponta do Ouro aerodrome may soon be re-opened to air traffic, as part of the programme to promote tourism in that region of Maputo province, state daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper added that refurbishment of the facility was part of the government’s Economic and Social Plan for this year, with the aim of developing interlinked and safe transport system, which are competitive, attractive and sustainable.

A group of tour operators recently showed interest in the aerodrome being re-opened in order to attract tourists with high demands in terms of comfort and for that purpose had ordered an economic feasibility study from a South African company.

The study concluded that refurbishing the former aerodrome facility could cost around US$600,000, as compared to the US$12 million it would cost to build a new facility from scratch.

The Ponta do Ouro region includes, in partnership with areas of South Africa and neighbouring Swaziland, an area covered by the so-called Libombos Spatial Development Initiative (IDEL), a programme designed by the governments of the three countries that is aiming for the integrated development of activities of common interest, such as tourism, agriculture and combating malaria. (macauhub)