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Luanda's new airport performs first experimental flight in June

The New Luanda International Airport (NAIL) – located in the district of Bom Jesus, municipality of Icolo and Bengo – is expected to perform its first experimental flight in June.


Cited in a note from the municipal administration of Viana, Paulo Nóbrega, NAIL coordinator, reiterated that the experimental flight is scheduled for June this year and that its implementation aims to assess whether the infrastructure meets the needs of aviation.

Speaking as part of a visit by representatives of political parties, the administrator of Viana, Demétrio de Sepúlveda, among others, to the new airport, the coordinator explained that it is necessary to take into account the situations that put the airport's certification at risk.

According to the note, representatives of political parties (UNITA, MPLA, FNLA, PRS, CASA-CE) congratulated the work carried out. However, land invasions and the growth in the number of houses in the airport area were the concerns expressed by visitors, since this situation could jeopardize the airport's certification.

Edson Noy, deputy municipal administrator for the Technical Services and Infrastructures of Viana, made it known that the illegal occupation of land in the vicinity of the airport is related to the lack of knowledge of the people, stressing that the local administration has not licensed any type of of works in that area.

Also quoted in the note, Edson Noy informed that in order to solve this problem, the local administration, the management of the new airport and the administration of Icolo e Bengo are working "on the creation of strategies to paralyze and stop this phenomenon that is decharacterizing the image of the new airport".

The visit to the project served to make known and see the construction works of the project.

The statement states that the infrastructure will consist of three runways, three departure lounges, an airport city with "essential infrastructure to enhance and generate sustainability for the new airport".

In addition, the new airport will also have a fire department, maintenance hangar, cargo terminal and clinic, which will guarantee more than 1,200 direct jobs.

"With delivery expected by 2024, the new airport will also have hotel, tourist, gastronomic and other services, in order to contribute to the growth of the national economy and will facilitate commercial exchange between Angola and the various countries of the world", refers to the note, adding that the infrastructure will receive more than 65 million passengers per year.


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