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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:05 - Updated Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:08

Namibe airport reinaugurated, re-named

Namibe - The southwestern Namibe province airport that has undergone rehabilitation and expansion was re-inaugurated by the head of State José Eduardo dos Santos on Thursday and has been re-baptised "Welwitchia Miramibilis".

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A view of Namibe's Welwitchia Mirabilis airport

Photo: Pedro Parente

With Angola’s independence in 1975, the airport that was built in 1960, was renamed Yuri Gagarine, after the Russian astronaut.

After the re-inauguration ceremony, the head of State toured the various sections of the airport, accompanied by the Namibe governor, Rui Falcão, and other officials.

The works of rehabilitation and expansion of the airport started about two years ago and are estimated to have cost Usd 90 million.

The airport runway is 2,500 metres long and 45 wide and is prepared to receive such large airplanes like IL-66 and Boeing 737-700. Its ground can accommodate as many as three Boeing 737 airplanes.


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