Maputo airport upgrade

Mozambique signed a $75million (about R680million) contract with China's Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group to renovate Maputo International Airport, independent newspaper O Pais reported yesterday.

Mozambique signed a $75million (about R680million) contract with China's Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group to renovate Maputo International Airport, independent newspaper O Pais reported yesterday.

The renovations will add a new international terminal and bring airport security up to international standards in time for next year's World Cup in neighbouring South Africa, it said.

Mozambique is financing the project with a loan from China's Exim Bank, O Pais added.

The Maputo airport was built in the 1960s and receives about 600 000 passengers a year, 10 times more than it was designed to accommodate. The renovations, due for completion in the middle of next year, will upgrade its capacity to 900000 passengers a year, O Pais said.

Mozambique has been working full-steam to upgrade its tourism and sporting infrastructure in the hope of attracting some of the 400000 visitors expected to descend on South Africa for the World Cup. - Sapa-AFP

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