The future Nacala international airport will be able to receive long haul aircraft such as the Airbus A340 if Brazilian bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Económico e Social (BNDES) provides additional funding, said the chairman of Mozambican state airport manager Aeroportos de Moçambique.
The BNDEs is providing a loan of US$80 million to transform the former Nacala airbase into an international civilian airport. The loan is part of a credit line of US$300 million opened up by the Brazilian government to support projects in Mozambique.
The chairman of airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique, Manuel Veterano, said that the additional funding, for which he gave no amount, would make its possible to extend the runway by 900 metres, allowing the future airport to receive long haul aircraft.
Construction to convert the Nacala airbase was awarded to Brazilian company Odebrecht which, over 20 months, will build passenger and cargo terminals and the control tower as well as repaving the runway, which will be 3,400 metres long and be capable of receiving Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. (macauhub)