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Notícias / President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi
President Filipe Nyusi yesterday said that building an airport in the southern province of Gaza to serve as an alternative to Maputo International Airport was a matter of urgency.
“[Having an airport in Gaza] is viable, not a luxury. It is an urgent need,” Nyusi told reporters yesterday, in the Chongoene district of Gaza province, about 200 kilometres distant from Maputo, at the beginning of a working visit.
The future airport will be an alternative to the Maputo International Airport, whose capacity is sometimes insufficient to accommodate all the planes hoping to land there.
“Planes trying to land in Maputo often have to go to South Africa. There’s a clue here. That will no longer be necessary,” the Mozambican head of state added.
Nyusi said an airport in Gaza would be a driving force for the local economy because of airports’ ability to generate business opportunities.
“You have to think big and think ahead. With an airport, the economic impact will come. That is how you grow economically,” President Nyusi added.
Chongoene airport, whose construction date is yet to be announced, will cost an estimated at US$ 50 million (EUR46.6 million euros), which will be made available by China’s Exim Bank.
The runway will be able to receive planes with a maximum of 70 passengers and will be built over an area of 4,000 hectares.Source: Lusa