Sunday, April 14, 2013

■ ANGOLA: Renovation and expansion works at Luena Airport to be finished by June.

ENANAThe rehabilitation and expansion works at Luena Airport in Moxico Province, Angola, are winding down with Angola's airport and air traffic authority Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (ENANA) giving June as a possible date for the overall completion of the rehabilitated passenger and cargo terminals.

Old Luena Terminal
Old Luena Terminal (angop)
According to Angop, having removed the old military terminal, work began on a new passenger terminal in 2011 to replace the old one, which dated back to Portuguese colonial times. Finishing touches are now being put to the new 300sqm passenger terminal including glazed partitions, toilets, conveyor belts, restaurants and shops. The terminal can now handle 500 passengers/day.

Airside improvements include airbridges, an enlarged apron (466x103m), a new control tower, new taxiways, a renovated runway 11/29 with an asphalt surface now measuring 3'350 by 60 metres (against 2'400x40 previously), the installation of generators and landing lights allowing for night flights.

At present, TAAG Angolan Airlines (DT) is the only operator to the airport with a daily flight to Luanda.