The new international airport in Luanda, Angola, will become operational in the first half of 2017, announced Monday the Minister of Transport, Augusto Tomás, cited Tuesday by Angolan news agency Angop.
The minister was speaking during a visit by President José Eduardo dos Santos to the site of the future airport in the municipality of Icolo and Bengo, 30 kilometres from the capital, Luanda.
Augusto Tomás said construction of the airport, costing US$3.8 billion and built by China International Fund Limited – CI, will allow movement of 15 million passengers per year.
The new airport will have a passenger terminal covering 160,000 square metres and another for goods, with 6,200 square metres, which will make it possible to process 35,000 tons of cargo per year.
Located in an area of 1,324 hectares the airport will have two double runways, with capacity to receive the largest commercial airplane in the world, the Airbus A380.
The northern airport runway will be 4,200 metres long, while the southern runway will be 3,800 metres and each will be 60 metres wide.
In addition to new access roads, the airport will have a direct rail link to Luanda.
According to Angop Minister Augusto Tomás said work on the airport was 55 percent completed.
In 2016 4,500 workers will be hired for the final phase of the work, of which 2,000 Chinese. (macauhub/AO/CN)