Work to build, expand and modernise Nacala International Airport, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, is expected to be concluded in the first quarter of 2015, according to the project’s resident engineer on behalf of Mozambican airport manager Aeroportos de Moçambique.
Mauro Pereira told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that work was currently focused on the passenger terminal and the control tower, after reconstruction of the runway, which is now more than 3 kilometres long and 80 metres wide.
The future international airport, which has been converted from the Nacala Airbase, is expected to cost a total of US$114 million, mainly funded by a US$80 million loan from Brazilian state development bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Económico e Social (BNDES).
The loan is part of a US$300 million credit lien provided by the Brazilian government to support projects in Mozambique.
Construction work at the airport is being carried out by Brazilian group Odebrecht and will give the airport an initial capacity to handle 500,000 passengers per year.
The new facility, which has been under construction since September 2011, will have a total of 16 check-in desks, two departure lounges for national and international flights and capacity for 1,240 people at peak periods.. (macauhub/MZ)