Tuesday, January 8, 2013

■ MOZAMBIQUE: AdM looks to add hotels, restaurants to Maputo International as new Nacala Airport completion now due in late 2013.

Aeroportos de MoçambiqueAeroportos de Moçambique (AdM), the company tasked with running Mozambique's major airports, has announced plans to build hotels, restaurants and catering facilities at Maputo International Airport, with the aim of transforming the renovated airport into a world-class facility.

Manuel Veterano, chairman of Aeroportos de Moçambique, said that the added infrastructure is to be built within the confines of the airport, located in the Mavalane quarter of Maputo, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northwest of the city centre.
Veterano noted that, following the completion of the hotels, restaurants and other hospitality related amenities, Maputo International Airport would offer almost all the services offered by other similar airports across the globe, in which transit passengers do not have to leave the airport for their accommodation needs.

Nacala Airport Rendering
Nacala Airport Rendering (AdM)
He said that the architectural design of the project had been prepared and that the engineering project would now be drawn up so that work can begin in the next few months.

The consultancy contract has been awarded to Mozambican consulting firm DHV, Lda, who were also awarded the runway renovation contract at Maputo International, with construction set to be completed by 2014. Ground preparation work has already been completed. AdM has not mentioned any costs, any potential partners for DHV, or any of the potential brand hotels interested in setting up shop at the airport.

AdM's other big project for this year, the enlargement and modernization of Nacala Air Force Base into a modern international airport, is now due for completion at the end of the year, as opposed to March 2013. Built at a cost of USD114million, the project is expected to cut transit times to Mozambique's largely inaccessible Nampula Province where vast reserves of coal, natural gas and phosphates have been discovered.