Construction of new Mbanza Congo airport, in Angola, begins in 2013

12 December 2012

The land where the new airport of Mbanza Congo is due to be built, in N’kiende 2, 32 kilometres from the city of Mbanza Congo, is being cleared of land mines by a specialised company, the Angolan press reported.

Technicians from the company said that the work is going well and is due to end in February of next year. The work will include clearing brush in an area of around 4,000 metres for the runway and another 2,000 metres to access the main road.

The director of the land mine removal company, Paulo Rola, said that so far no mines or explosive devices had been found.

The deputy provincial governor for infrastructure, Ângela Maria Botelho Diogo, said that work to remove any potential mines and explosives would make way for clearing the land itself, and that construction work for the airport would involve a plot of around 800 hectares.

Diogo noted that the current airport is located in the centre of the city and that, as well as being of limited size it did not have the technical and safety conditions needed for aircraft to operate there. (macauhub)