The Nacala International Airport, in northern Mozambique, has been granted certification for international operations, a year after it opened, announced the president of the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM).
Captain João Abreu told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias the certificate showed that the airport meets the conditions required to receive domestic and international air traffic safely.
The next step is, according to the chairman of the IACM, to publish the certification through the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), which serves as proof of quality allowing the airport to conduct international air operations and provide airport services in accordance with the aerodrome manual approved by IACM.
Designed and built by Odebrecht Infra-estrutura – África, Emirados Árabes e Portugal, of Brazilian construction group Odebrecht, in partnership with AdM, Nacala International Airport opened in December 2014 and has modern architecture and equipment and capacity to serve 500,000 passengers and receive 5,000 tons of cargo per year.
Airport facilities occupy an area of 30,000 square metres, including a passenger terminal area of 15,000 square metres, a control tower and a 3,100-metre runway, dimensions that allow large aircraft, such as the Boeing 747, to use the facility.
The airport started operating with commercial flights by Mozambican airline LAM and is managed by AdM, which is responsible for the management of all airport infrastructure in Mozambique. (macauhub/MZ)