This Monday, the governor of Zaire, Adriano Mendes de Carvalho, paid a visit to the airport to see the progress of the construction works, which started in December last year and are scheduled to end in the first half of next year.
According to a note from the government of Zaire, to which VerAngola had access, at the moment the works are in the "phase of implantation of the foundations for the construction of the airport infrastructures", which among the main ones is the "passenger terminal, in an area of 8600 square meters; the Airport Control/Operations Tower, occupying an area of 1200 square meters; the Airport Unit Command, with 1145 square meters of construction area; the Fire Fighting Section, with 882 square meters and a cargo terminal, with an unbuilt area of 400 square meters".
The statement also mentions that the airport's buildings "will take shape within a year and eight months", and that it will be "modern, international, with the capacity to receive Boeing 777 flights" and that it will move 600 people per time of embarkation and disembarkation.
As part of the visit, the governor – who was satisfied with what he saw and who left the guarantee that he will continue to monitor the work – considered that the new airport will help to stimulate local tourism.
Cited by Angop, the official also added that the project will help to promote the development of that municipality, as well as, in general, of the province itself.
Adriano Mendes de Carvalho took advantage of the occasion to highlight the dimension of the landing strip, which will be about 3500 meters long and 45 meters wide.
Cited by Angop, the governor also spoke about the jobs, referring that the project enabled 200 young people to get their first job, and also said that he believed that the stipulated deadline for the work would be met.
The works on the new airport, called Nimi ya Lukenny, are the responsibility of the company Synohydro and are budgeted at 89.9 billion kwanzas, writes Angop.