Thursday, September 12, 2013

■ ANGOLA: Uíge Airport to be completed shortly, operations to tentatively resume by year-end.

ENANAUíge Airport, situated in Uige, the capital city of its namesake province in northwestern Angola, could be inaugurated later this year following the successful completion of renovation and expansion works. Speaking to ANGOP, the CEO of Angola's airport and air traffic authority (Empresa Nacional de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea - ENANA), Mr Manuel Ceitas, said the facility will also offer night-time operations given the recent installation of runway lighting.

Uige's apron prior to construction
Mr Ceitas said a newly built 4'600sqm airport terminal, a fully upgraded control tower had been completed but that they lacked the necessary equipment which would be delivered and installed shortly. 

With its principal runway 01/19 extended by 500m from its original 1'800m length, the airport will now be able to handle B737-700s and Ilyushin Il76 cargo flights.

The contract is being overseen by Brazil's SCConsult Engenharia.

The remodeling and expansion of the airport began in 2009, but has experienced delays owing to various logistical and engineering modifications.