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New Nacala International Airport expected to open in August

The new Nacala International Airport in northern Mozambique is set to open in August this year.

Development work to convert the former Nacala Air Base is nearly complete, according to Brazilian contracting firm Odebrecht International.

The $144 million project is expected to be completely finished by the end of the first quarter of 2015, and will have a capacity of 500,000 passengers a year.

Odebrecht is also building passenger and cargo terminals, repaving the runway, which will be 3,400 metres long, that will be capable of receiving Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.

Construction work on the airport started in September 2011, and it will have 16 check-in desks, 16 immigration desks, four arrival and departure gates, and two departure lounges.

Other facilities being constructed on the site include new taxiways, a parking lot, air traffic control tower, support buildings and a fire station.

The airport, which covers an area of 2,000 hectares, will also have two dedicated areas for large aircraft, such as Boeing 747s and two for medium-sized aircraft.

Brazil’s Fernandes Arquitetos Associados designed the airport, and Figueiredo Farraz Consulting and Project Engineering, has also worked on the one-storey development.

The heart of the design is a central hall, featuring a mezzanine, where retail and food concessions, administration and operation offices will be situated, along with the airport’s main waiting and lounge area.

Operator Aeroportos de Moçambique (ADM), told Airport World in December, it believes the gateway has the potential to become a hub for northern Mozambique and southern Africa.

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