New airport in Luanda, Angola, to undergo changes

1 March 2019

Construction of Luanda’s New International Airport (NAIL) will be subject to engineering and functionality changes, the Angolan transport minister said on Thursday in Luanda.

Ricardo de Abreu said the measure is the result of information included in a memorandum on the state of execution of the work, approved on Thursday by the Council of Ministers, and the changes are focused on adapting the airport to current standards and passenger comfort.

“We are talking about a project that began ten years ago, the concession of which is also very old,” said the minister, referring to the construction work in Bom Jesus, in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo, 30 kilometres from Luanda .

Rodrigo Januário, managing director of the Mace Group, the company that was awarded inspection of the project, said in June 2018 that the construction of the New Luanda International Airport would be completed by 2020 “if there are no financial constraints.”

The Minister of Transport, quoted by the Angop news agency, gave assurances that y the Ministry of Finance has funding to move forward with the proposed changes.

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

Construction is being carried out by the China International Fund Limited (CIF), which was hired by the Angolan government for US$3.8 billion, with the equipment ordered from the China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation for US$1.4 billion.

The new Luanda International Airport will be able to accommodate up to 15 million passengers per year, with 10 million in international traffic and 5 million in national traffic. (Macauhub)