Global Construction Review - David Rogers
Tanzanian president Ms. Samia Suluhu Hassan has laid the foundation stone for a much delayed international airport near Dodoma, the capital of the country, Africa Logistics reports.
The $270m Msalato International Airport was officially launched in 2020, but delayed by the pandemic. It will cover a 45-sq-km site some 14km north of the city.
It will relieve Dodoma’s existing airport, which has a runway of only 2km, making it unsuitable for large aircraft. Its location makes expansion difficult.
The project is being financed by a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and will be built by a team led by Chinese contractors Sinohydro and Beijing Construction Engineering.
The airport will be relatively small, with a single terminal and runway, and a capacity of around 1.5 million passengers a year.
The AfDB will lend just under $200m for the scheme, with the balance made up by a $24m loan from from the African Development Fund, and $50m in co-financing from China’s Africa Growing Together Fund, which the AfDB manages.