The first commercial flight landed Monday at Nacala-Porto International Airport, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, carrying 50 passengers from the capital, Maputo, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.
The aircraft used, an Embraer 145, will carry out flights on an experimental basis, to Nacala, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The new airport is only authorised to receive domestic flights, and is now waiting for certification to receive international flights, which could occur by the end of the first quarter of next year, according to João de Abreu, president of the National Civil Aviation Institute.
The official opening of the airport, which was converted from an air base, is scheduled to take place next Saturday, 13 December.
The architectural design of the airport is by Brazilian firm Fernandes Arquitectos, the work was carried out by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht and the funding was also provided by Brazil, through a credit line.
The airport has four aprons, two for midsize aircraft and two for large aircraft and has capacity to deal with 500,000 passengers per year. (macauhub/BR/MZ)