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Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:37 - Updated Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:37

Yuri Gagarin airport receives first planes in September


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Namibe – The governor of the south-west Namibe province, Rui Falcão, guaranteed on Tuesday there that the runway of Yuri Gagarin airport will start receiving the first aircrafts as from 6 September.

The runway is currently being rehabilitated, under the 41st rink hockey world cup that Namibe province will host, together with Luanda on 20-28 September.

Speaking during a provincial hearing meeting with local youth, governor ensured that on 15 August, the referred runway will be fully concluded and on 30 of this month, the facilities of old building of the airport will also be concluded.

According to him, the façade of the two new buildings will also be concluded at the end of this month, missing only internal works in the departures and arrivals, whose conclusion is set for December 2013.

On his turn, the Transport Secretary of State for Civil Aviation, Mário Miguel Domingos, said on the occasion that the Namibe airport is capable to receive 737 aircrafts, discarding the possibility of receiving international flights, according to some rumours.

Valued at USD 90.0 million, Yuri Gagarin airport will have the capacity of serving 400 passengers.