Nacala airport in northern Mozambique will begin receiving international flights this year following the reorganisation of the country’s airport system, according to the president of airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique.
Emanuel Chaves told Mozambican newspaper Notícias that the reorganisation of the country’s airport system had reduced the number of international airports in Mozambique to just three.
The president of Aeroportos de Moçambique said Nacala airport had been underused because it was not built alongside other facilities needed to attract international flights, namely hotels.
“Facilities were not developed around the airport and, as a result, the airport did not have this information to use in its promotional activities,” he noted.
Built by Brazilian group Odebrecht with financing from the state-owned Brazilian National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) and costing US$125 million, Nacala International Airport has the capacity to receive 500,000 passengers per year but currently receives no more than 20,000.
International flights have never arrived and the flights that do are two scheduled domestic flights of Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique on the Maputo-Nacala route and two private flights of mining company Vale Moçambique, all operated using aircraft of Brazilian construction company Embraer.