Construction work on Luanda’s New International Airport will be resumed later this year, with completion scheduled for 2023, Transport Minister Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu said on Wednesday.
Work has been halted since 2017 following the termination of the contract with the China International Fund (CIF), which brings together a group of investors from Hong Kong, and the minister said at the end of a visit by members of a National Assembly commission that the resumption of work is pending negotiations with the new contractor.
Viegas D’Abreu added that negotiations with the new construction contractor, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China group, should be completed within 15 to 30 days, after which an addendum to the contract will be signed and a new schedule will be set.
The minister, quoted by the Angop news agency, said that during the work stoppage, corrections and changes to engineering and operational deficiencies were made, mainly to the terminal and the runways, and said that a credit line from China of US$1.4 billion was available.
Ricardo Viegas D’Abreu admitted that there were “some flaws” in the contract signed with CIF, a company that has already been paid US$1.2 billion, and the subcontractors have yet to settle a US$200 million debt.
The New Luanda International Airport has been under construction since 2007 in an area of 43 hectares, as part of the airport city of Luanda, called “Aerotropolis de Luanda,” in the Bom Jesus commune.
The project includes, among other facilities and services, terminals, aircraft maintenance hangars, movement and traffic control areas, support facilities, hotels, restaurants, a presidential and state protocol complex, terminals and two double runways.
The main runway is located to the north, and is 3,800 metres long and 60 metres wide, and capable of receiving Boeing 747 aircraft, while the other, to the south, is 4,000 metres long and 75 metres wide and can receive the Airbus 380., the largest passenger plane in the world. (Macauhub)