Angola opens new $3.85 billion Luanda international airport
Angolan President Joao Lourenco officially inaugurated the long-delayed international airport, Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto Airport, located outside the capital, Luanda. Named after the nation's first president, it was slated for completion in 2017 but faced delays.
The airport's opening will initially cater to cargo traffic before introducing domestic passenger flights in February 2024, followed by international flights in June 2024. Originally estimated to cost $5 billion, the government has revised the project cost down to $3.85 billion. The airport is designed to handle up to 15 million passengers annually, providing a significant boost to Angola's aviation infrastructure.
Furthermore, ANIA will replace the existing Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) as Angola’s main international gateway and become a new hub for the country’s flag carrier, TAAG Angola Airlines.
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The launch of Angola's new airport outside Luanda holds significant importance for its economic and infrastructural development. The long-awaited international airport, with an estimated cost of $3.85 billion, is poised to become a critical gateway for domestic and international travel. Its strategic location, 40 kilometers southeast of the capital, enhances connectivity and facilitates smoother cargo and passenger transit. With an annual passenger capacity of 15 million, the airport is expected to stimulate economic growth by attracting investments, fostering tourism, and improving trade links. The facility's inauguration marks a milestone in Angola's efforts to modernize its aviation sector, providing a boost to the country's overall transportation infrastructure and positioning it as a key player in the region.