New Luanda airport, Angola, starts operating in 2020

6 June 2018

Construction works for the New Luanda International Airport (NAIL) are expected to be completed in 2020 if no financial constraints come up meanwhile, said on Tuesday in Luanda the director general of the Mace Group, the company awarded the project.

Rodrigo Januário, quoted in a statement issued by the Ministry of Transport, said the North runway is 66% completed, the South runway is 56% finished, the central apron for aircraft to access the terminal is at 58% completion and that at the main terminal the reinforced concrete structure and the metallic structure of the roof are finished, as well as all the facades.

Overall, said the official, construction of the New Luanda International Airport currently has stood at 60% completion.

In October 2017, during a visit to the project by President João Lourenço, the Transport Minister, Augusto Tomás, reported that the new airport, which had been under construction since 2004 by Chinese contractors in the outskirts of the Angolan capital, would only start operating in 2019, a delay of two years compared to the previous forecast.

The new airport is under construction in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo, 30 kilometres from the capital, with its operation, initially announced to begin in the first half of 2017, and the cost of the construction of the airport, including access roads, has already exceeded US$6 billion.

Construction is carried out by the China International Fund Limited (CIF), which has been contracted by the Angolan government for US$3.8 billion, with the equipment ordered from China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation for a sum of US$1.4 billion. (macauhub)