The public tender for the construction of the new Mbanza Congo airport will be launched within two months, said the chairman of the Board of Directors of Angola’s airport management company, Empresa Nacional de Exploração de Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea (ENANA).

Manuel Ceita also told daily newspaper Jornal de Angola that the construction of the new airport in an inhospitable area will allow for the development of the region with the construction of houses and businesses to provide services to residents.

The future airport of Mbanza Congo will be located in Nkiende II, 35 kilometres from Mbanza Congo, the capital of the province of Zaire. When it is in operation, it will be able to receive Boeing 737 and Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft and have a terminal with capacity for 600 passengers.

The ENANA chairman said that meetings with the National Civil Aviation Institute will be held to discuss the construction of the new airport and told the newspaper that, “we will recover and modernise 20 airports in the country, with a view to ensuring a greater flow of domestic and foreign passengers and encouraging private investment.”