Angola’s Ndalatando airport receives one flight per week

4 May 2012

Ndalatando airport, in the Angolan province of Kwanza Norte, receives just one flight on average each week, five months after it was inaugurated, despite the excellent conditions it offers, said the chief executive of air navigation company Empresa Nacional de Navegação Aérea (Enana).

Francisco António also said that the lack of air traffic at “Comandante Nguetu” airport was a concern to the board of Enana, as it was delaying the pay down of investments made in rebuilding and modernising it.

António said he believed the number of flights to the airport would increase in the future, with the re-launch of mining in the province, which would attract a considerable number of businesspeople to the region.

The Enana chief executive said that the airport was capable of receiving medium-sized aircraft, such as Fokker 50s and Embraer 120s, 135s and 145s.

The airport re-opened in December 2011 after undergoing modernisation costing US$57 million and includes a hangar with room for four aircraft, fuel deposits, vehicle parking, an apron to provide support for take off and landing, and a 2,300 metre runway.

The airport is located in Carianga, in the Cazengo municipal area, some 7 kilometres from the city of Ndalatando, the capital of Kwanza Norte province, just under 1 kilometre from the road linking Luanda to the provinces in the east of the country, specifically, Malanje, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, and Moxico. (macauhub)