Luanda International Airport

Construction company Mace has been appointed to carry out project management and site supervision work for the new $3.8bn Luanda International Airport in Angola.

For the new airport, the Angolan Ministry of Transportation signed a FIDIC design and build turnkey contract with CIF, a contractor in China.

Claimed to be a modern, quality infrastructure facility, Luanda International Airport is set to become the aviation hub of western Africa.

The airport will have the capacity to accommodate 15 million passengers and 50,000t of cargo a year through its two runways, one being 4.2km-long and the other 3.8km.

Occupying a gross floor area of 170,000m², the terminal will have three piers with ten gates per pier.

As part of the project, a rail link to the capital, to the province of Luanda, and possibly to the neighbouring province of Malanje will also be constructed.

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"It is an infrastructure of decisive importance for the economic growth of the country and no doubt it will put Luanda on the international aviation map."

Construction works on the site have already commenced and the project is set for opening in 2017.

Mace project director Carlos Cruz said: "Our team in Angola is proud to be part of what will be the most important construction project in the country for the next couple of years.

"It is an infrastructure of decisive importance for the economic growth of the country and no doubt it will put Luanda on the international aviation map."

Mace Sub-Saharan Africa regional director Nick Demain said: "As our first major aviation project in sub-Saharan Africa, this is an exciting project for the team and a great win, given the local challenges.

"It also further strengthens our portfolio for the region as we continue to receive infrastructure and transport-related enquiries."

According to the Angolan ministry, by engaging an international project management for supervision of the remaining construction works, it can be ensured that the delivery of the airport meets international aviation standards.

Image: Mace wins contract for Luanda International Airport in Angola. Photo: courtesy of Mace.