The international airport of Nacala, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, will be handed over to private management under the proposed restructuring of public airport management company Aeroportos Moçambique (ADM), a government spokesman said Tuesday in Maputo.
Mouzinho Saide, speaking at the end of a Cabinet Meeting, said that the delivery of the airport’s management under concession to the private sector aims to improve its efficiency in order to attract foreign airlines.
The purpose of this decision, he said cited by Mozambican news agency AIM, is to make Nacala airport a distribution platform for international flights heading to their final destinations.
The project also intends to reduce the number of airports that receive international flights, which currently stands at eight, and this process will be carried out gradually.
Designed and built by Odebrecht Infrastructure – Africa, United Arab Emirates and Portugal, in partnership with AdM, Nacala International Airport was opened in December 2014 and has the capacity to serve 500,000 passengers and receive 5,000 tons of cargo per year.
The airport began operating with commercial flights operated by Mozambican airline LAM and its management is the responsibility of AdM, responsible for managing airports across the country.