The president of São Tomé and Príncipe, Manuel Pinto da Costa Monday inaugurated the new runway at the airport on the island of Príncipe, an investment by South African group HBD of about US$18 million – announced the president of the regional government, José Cardoso Cassandra.
Cassandra said the new runway extended from 1,200 to 1,750 metres in length, compatible with midsize aircraft, is intended to boost environmental tourism on the island.
The work that began there roughly two years ago and carried out by Portuguese construction company Mota Engil, also includes lighting the runway, modernisation of the terminal and improvement of the control tower and aeronautical meteorology services on the Island located 150 kilometres from São Tomé.
The president of the regional government stressed that, in connection with the project for a new airport runway, the HBD group of South African millionaire Mark Shuttwordth two weeks ago began construction of a five-star eco-tourism hotel on Sundy Beach on the island of Principe, an investment of about US$12 million.
In addition to investment in the only airport on the island of Príncipe built during Portuguese colonial rule in 1968, the South African Shuttwordth group has financed several agricultural projects and staff training. (macauhub/ST)