Future Luanda airport in Angola will be connected to the city by new rail extension

5 November 2015

The future international airport of Luanda will be connected to the city’s downtown area by a second railway line, construction of which will begin in 2016, announced Monday the Angolan minister of Transport.

This second line, with six multifunctional stations and four viaducts for pedestrians, should become operational in the first quarter of 2017, said Minister Augusto Tomás, speaking at the ceremony to launch the book “Luanda Railroad 127 years, a living history.”

Cited by Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola, the minister also said there were plans to buy new locomotives manufactured in the United States, Europe and China.

The project to modernise the Luanda Railroad (CFL), Tomás said, includes construction of workshops and a training centre for company’s staff, which will allow for an integrated rail network between the centre and the north of the capital, Luanda.

The new Luanda international airport is scheduled to start operating in the first half of 2017.

The airport is being built by China International Fund Limited in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo, 30 kilometres from the capital, Luanda, and will cost US$3.8 billion and will have a capacity for 15 million passengers per year. (macauhub/AO)