Nacala International Airport is scheduled to start operating in 2013, said the head of the special projects office of Aeroportos de Moçambique, António Loureiro, cited by Mozambican newspaper O País.
The future international airport, which will be the result of converting the air base at its location, will cost US$114 million over all, which will mainly be funded by a loan of US$80 million from Brazilian development bank, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economic e Social (BNDES).
The loan is part of a US$300 million credit line opened up by the Brazilian government to support projects in Mozambique.
Construction work at the airport, which is the responsibility of Brazilian group Odebrecht, will provide the facility with initial capacity to receive 500,000 passengers per year, which will later be increased to 1 million people.
Last April, the chairman of state airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique, Manuel Veterano, said that the future Nacala International Airport would be able to receive long haul aircraft such as the Airbus A340 if Brazilian bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Económico e Social (BNDES), provided additional funding.
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)