Angola : Repair of International Airport estimated at over USD 70 million

Luanda, – At least USD 74 million was released by the Government to fund the rehabilitation and expansion works of "February 4" International Airport.

This was said Friday, in Luanda, by the chairperson of the Board of the National Company for the Exploration of Airports and Air Navigation (Enana), Jorge Correia de Melo, during a press conference aimed at analysing these works.

According to Jorge Melo, in the one-year contract, the airfield will have a modernized terminal with equipped two embarkation rooms, 28 check-in counters, with a capacity to accommodate approximately 3.6 million passengers per year.

The works, which are already in progress, are in charge of the building company “Somague”, with the first phase to be focussed on the landing, the car parking and the main runway.

The second stage of the contract will cover the embark place and the second floor.

The works will also enable the construction of a parking lot for about ten buses, 24 taxis and 650 different cars.

In addition, the company will carry out works on main runway 05-23, with the construction of several "taxi way", which will flow better, faster and better security for the movement of aircraft in the areas of manoeuvre.

However, the official said that while the works proceed at the landing area, Enana will continue ensuring assistance to the passengers through a temporary terminal, that will be built in the area occupied by Angola’s Air Charter Company.

Asked about the guarantees on the conclusion of the works before the African Cup of Nations in football, to happen in the country in 2010, Jorge de Melo said the contractor pledged to do everything so the works are completed before the event. ANGOP