Designed and built by Odebrecht Infrastructure - Africa, Arab Emirates and Portugal in partnership with the company Aeroportos de Moçambique (ADM), the Nacala International Airport was inaugurated and features modern architecture, high-tech equipment and the capacity to serve 500,000 passengers and receive 5,000 tons of cargo per year.
The inauguration ceremony offered by the Mozambique Ministry of Transport and Communications and ADM was attended by the country's president, Armando Emílio Guebuza. Authorities and guests toured the installations, which occupy 30,000 m2 of built-up area, including a 15,000 m2 passenger terminal, control tower and runway extending 3,100 meters – dimensions that allow for the operation of large aircraft, such as the Boeing 747.
The airport opened its gates to commercial flights operated by the airline company Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) and is managed by ADM, which is responsible for the administration of the country's airport spaces. The buildings from the last phase of the project – the cargo terminal and a building designed for the storage of firefighting equipment integrated with the building for maintenance – should be concluded in April 2015.
With infrastructure considered a reference in the country, the Nacala International Airport has high-tech equipment and modern and functional architecture. The Passenger Terminal was designed in the shape of an airplane, with the main building designed for passengers to check in and the side buildings (“wings”) designed for departures and arrivals. Due to its strategic location and the region's favorable weather conditions, the new airport has the potential to become an important center for intercontinental flights, primarily to the Middle East and Asia.
Construction that Brought Development
The airport construction project included the installation of an Odebrecht operational base in Nacala and the contracting of an additional 1,500 Members. The construction work generated some 5,000 indirect job opportunities.
The new airport was built on the Nacala Air Base terrain, which required the construction of a new runway to replace the previous one, with larger dimensions and a modern support structure. This construction work was completed without interrupting the operations of the former base, always keeping a part of the runway open for emergency flights.
During the airport installation phase, Odebrecht demonstrated a constant concern with the development and training of the professionals from the region. In partnership with the Nacala government, the Ministry of Labor and civil society, 1,700 people were certified by the Acreditar ("Believe") Program, meeting the demands of the civil construction sector.