The new airport project undertaken in Luanda by China National Aero-technology International Engineering Corporation (AVIC-ENG) was commended by Angolan Minister of Transport Ricardo de Abreu.
When accompanying Angolan President Joao Lourenco on an inspection to the Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto International Airport, which is being built by AVIC-ENG, the minister highlighted the importance of the new airport for Angola’s economic diversification.
Quoted by Xinhua, Abreu emphasized that the infrastructure will be fundamental to boost sectors such as tourism, industry, agriculture, and fisheries.
The minister said the airport could become a logistical hub to promote economic development in southwestern Africa.
Noting that the two countries maintain close ties of affinity, cooperation, and development, the minister said China has made a strong contribution to Angola’s reconstruction, infrastructure development, and economic growth.
When talking about the Belt and Road Initiative, the minister said the investments made by the Chinese side are aimed at the progress and development of both countries.
According to AVIC-ENG, the new airport in Luanda, which will be four times the size of the old airport in the capital city, is being constructed to meet the needs of Angola’s economic development.
The airport is expected to be delivered later this year and will become one of Africa’s most important air hubs.