KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda announced Thursday night it had handed
over construction of the new Bugesera International Airport in
eastern part of the country to a Portuguese civil construction
firm, Mota Engil Engenharia e Construcao Africa.
The construction is
expected to kick off in June 2017, according to the agreement
signed between Rwanda’s Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings
Limited (ATL) and Manuel Mota, the chief executive of the
expected to complete construction in December 2018, has also
been given 25 year operation license upon completion.
Mota said the firm
will invest 418 million U.S. dollars, with the airport expected
to have capacity of about 1.7 million passengers annually after
the first phase.
The overall capacity
will be expanded to 4.5 million passengers annually after the
initial phase with additional funding of 400 U.S. dollars,
according to Mota.
minister Claver Gatete said that the deal was sealed under
Public Private Partnership, where the contractor will recoup its
investment over the 25 year period.
The Portuguese had
also worked on expansion of the Kigali International Airport.