United Arab Emirates show interest in participating in public works in Angola

12 December 2019

The modernisation of the International 4 de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda, is one of the points included in a memorandum of understanding in the transport sector signed recently in Dubai between Angola and the United Arab Emirates, according to a statement from the Ministry of Transport.

The document also provides for investments in infrastructure that would allow the acceleration of economic activity in the areas of potential growth in private or public businesses.

Minister Ricardo d’Abreu took advantage of his trip to visit the Dubai National Air Transport Association (DNATA), where he was received by Adnan Kazim, vice-president of the airport services company, which offers assistance (ground), handling of loads, travel and catering services for flights on five continents.

The Minister of Transport was also received by the vice president for mergers and acquisitions of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, which acts as a sovereign fund, with whom he discussed the fund’s interest in possible funding of airport and port facilities in Angola.

This meeting ended with a pledge that the Sovereign Fund would wait to receive the infrastructure projects, intending to participate in the upcoming international tenders, to be launched as part of planned port and airport concessions in the country.

Ricardo d’Abreu revealed in June that the refurbishment and expansion of Luanda international airport would begin in 2020 at an estimated cost of US$300 million.

The work, which will take 18 to 24 months, include expanding the terminal, notably the check-in area, accommodation of passengers, waiting rooms, offices for the various airlines, car parking and improving the security perimeter.

With this remodelling, according to the Minister of Transport, cited at the time by Angolan news agency Angop, the Airport will have six tunnels passengers to embark and disembark and a capacity of 4 million passengers, comapred with the current 1.5 million. (macauhub)