Madagascar in $225m airports renovation

An artist's impression of the refurbished Antananarivo Ivato International Airport. RIVONALA RAZAFISON | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Madagascar is renovating its two international airports at the cost of $225 million.

The Antananarivo Ivato International Airport and Fascene on the Nosy Be Island in north-western Madagascar, were being upgraded under the Ravinala Airports Finances project.

The project is being under taken by French companies, including the Aéroport de Paris Management, Bouygues Bâtiment International, Colas Madagascar and Meridiam.

Official documents indicate that the refurbishment concession contract was signed in 2015.

Existing runway

According to the documents, the Antananarivo Ivato International Airport will have a new terminal covering 17,500 meters square with an annual capacity of 1.5 million of international passengers.

The airport will be equipped with standard international facilities, while the existing runway will be renovated to accommodate all types of aircraft.

The Nosy Be’s old infrastructures was also being fully revamped.

President Hery Rajaonarimampinina said the work, which was expected to end within three years, would reflect the modern and dynamic and friendly image of Madagascar.

The confidence

“Any international airports are the symbol of the connection to the world,” he stressed when he visited the project site on Monday.

The president also termed the launch of the project as the consolidation of the confidence between the Malagasy government and foreign investors.

Madagascar recently adopted a new law governing the public-private partnership.

The island nation’s airport infrastructure was built five decades ago.

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