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Luanda's new international airport will receive provisional certification in August

Luanda's new international airport will have provisional certification next August and in September international aeronautical information should be published, with a view to starting operations on November 10, it was announced this Tuesday.


The information was provided by the coordinator of the Office for Operationalization of the new airport, José Paulo Nóbrega, noting that the provisional certification will be issued by the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC).

"In August we will have the provisional certification by the ANAC, but the provisional certification is issued at national level and we have to publish the aeronautical information internationally on the 7th of September, which is information of a lasting nature that is indispensable for air navigation", said the person in charge.

In the international aeronautical information, he added, there is "the characteristics and the way to fly in Angola", everything so that "the airport can be used on November 10 of this year".

José Paulo Nóbrega, who was speaking during the 8th edition of Café CIPRA (Press Center of the Presidency of the Republic of Angola), which addressed the "balance and challenges of the transport sector", referred that the certification process for the new airport takes place in five phases.

"We are in the first phase (of certification), which are the first technical visits by ANAC, of verification if what we are doing corresponds to the project", he explained.

"The process is ongoing, we have a large team working on the certification process and we do not foresee any difficulties that would prevent its certification, especially as it is a new infrastructure", he admitted.

According to José Paulo Nóbrega, Luanda's new international airport, called Dr. António Agostinho Neto, located in the municipality of Icolo e Bengo, 42 kilometers south of Luanda, will be an infrastructure that "must be proud" of Angolans.

The new airport, according to the authorities, will have a capacity to receive 15 million passengers/year, including international and domestic passengers, and is projected to handle 50 thousand tons/year.

Ricardo de Abreu, Minister of Transport, highlighted the importance of the certification process for the new airport, pointing to the need to set up a team to temporarily manage the infrastructure.

"We now have, at this stage of work execution, the need to set up the team that will temporarily receive the new international airport in Luanda, to whom the contractor will deliver", he stressed.

"We will have a temporary airport operator here, which is basically a multidisciplinary team with other entities that are part of the ecosystem of the civil aviation sector", he added.

The minister also noted that ANAC is the one who certifies the airports, and not a foreign entity, believing that by next October or November the international entity should be known, via public tender, which will manage the new airport.

"We already have very firm expressions of interest from international specialized entities that today manage airports of international reference, this is basically what we want for our future", stressed Ricardo de Abreu.

Passenger terminal area and auxiliary buildings, movement area and control tower and airport city are part of the various valences that the new airport, which will have the first civilian radar installed in Angola.

Luanda's new international airport, which received a new visit on Monday from the President, João Lourenço, received the first experimental flight, a Boeing 777-300CR aircraft from the TAAG airline, in June 2022.


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