Mozambique’s Nacala International Airport will be inaugurated on 13 December, said the country’s Minister for Transport and Communications after a visit to the project under construction by Brazilian group Odebrecht.
Minister Gabriel Muthisse visited the work site accompanied by representatives of some airlines interested in investing in the airport, including Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways.
Initially, it is expected that only Mozambique’s state airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) will operate at the airport.
The future international airport, resulting from the conversion of a civilian section of the Nacala Air Base, will cost over US$ 200 million, which is partially financed by a loan of US$80 million granted by the Brazilian government’s development bank, BNDES.
The loan is part of a credit line of US$300 million opened by the Brazilian government to support projects in Mozambique.
The new facility, under construction since September 2011, will have 16 check-in desks, two departure lounges for both domestic traffic and for international passengers and capacity to receive 1,240 people on peak days. (macauhub/MZ)