Nacala International Airport in Mozambique is expected to start operating in August of this year after work to convert the former Nacala Air Base is finished, said Mauro Pereira of Brazilian contractor Odebrecht.
Pereira also said that the work, which will cost US$144 million, will be finished by the end of the first quarter of 2015, when Nacala airport will have capacity to receive 500,000 passengers per year.
Under the terms of the contract that was signed, Odebrecht will also build passenger and cargo terminals and the control tower as well as repaving the runway, which will be 3,100 metres long and cable of receiving Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.
This work has been underway since September 2011 and, when it is finished, the airport will have 16 check-in desks and two departure lounges. On peak days it is expected to process 1,240 passengers or a total of 500,00 per year.
According to daily newspaper Notícias, the airport, which covers and area of 2,000 hectares, will have two dedicated areas for large aircraft, such as Boeing 747s and two for medium-sized aircraft. (macauhub)