China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Co., Ltd., associated to the Chinese-capital Mozambican company Sogecoa Lda. (Mozambique), has been contracted by the Mozambican government to build the future airport of Gaza province, reports the Maputo-based daily Notícias.
The newspaper cites figures disclosed at a recent Transport and Communications Ministry meeting in Maputo, indicating that the future Gaza airport will cost US$50 million and include passenger and cargo terminals. It will be able to handle aircraft of the Q-400 type, a turboprop made by Canada’s Bombardier.
The negotiation process to award the contract finished several days ago, said ministry officials at that meeting. They added that the airport’s construction is deemed a strategic priority, so that the infrastructure can help galvanise rapid development of the province, especially by promoting tourism.
At the same meeting it was announced that runway improvement work at Maputo’s international airport would be finished this coming December. The work is 70 percent complete so far and includes installation of a new runway lighting system and pipelines for aircraft fuelling.
Vilanculos aerodrome in Mozambique closed to international traffic
Tour operators in the northern part of Inhambane province have expressed their opposition to the Mozambican government’s decision to close Vilanculos aerodrome to international traffic, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The tourism operators, the sector which is the main source of income for thousands of people in the districts of Vilanculos and Govuro and the five islands that make up the Bazaruto archipelago, said the closure of the airport to international traffic will end the activity in region.
“Tourists, especially foreign ones, who use existing tourist facilities in the region, will no longer do so as they arrived in the country by air,” said one of the operators cited by the newspaper.
Vilanculos aerodrome was opened to domestic public traffic in 1962 and international traffic in April 1997, when passenger traffic increased from 75,000 passengers to more than 200,000 per year.
After benefiting from repair and modernisation works worth US$10 million, the airfield was considered a tool to boost the economy not only of Vilanculos itself, which has struggled to attain city status, but also of the entire northern region of Inhambane province.
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