The new domestic passenger terminal at Maputo International Airport started operating normally on Monday after being provisional delivered on 3 October by the contractor, Chinese company, Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC).
According to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias domestic passengers will now depart and arrive at what has been called terminal A, whilst terminal B will now be exclusively for international traffic.
Construction of the new domestic terminal is part of the second phase of the project to expand Maputo International Airport, which began in March 2011 with demolition of the former facilities, followed by construction of an entirely new terminal. The building work took around 20 months and cost US$32 million.
The new domestic terminal has 14 check-in desks, with modern passenger processing equipment, offices, two large departure and arrivals lounges with capacity to deal with 580 passengers at a time.
Total modernisation of Maputo International Airport, which includes both terminals, is expected to cost US$130 million and began in 2007 with construction of a new international terminal, a VIP lounge and an air traffic control tower. (macauhub)