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Maputo International Airport | Wikipedia audio article

Maputo International Airport | Wikipedia audio article


Maputo International Airport (IATA: MPM, ICAO:
FQMA), also known as Lourenço Marques Airport or Mavalane International Airport, is an airport
located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northwest of the center of Maputo, the largest city and
capital of Mozambique. It is the largest airport in Mozambique, and
hub for LAM Mozambique Airlines and Kaya Airlines. Most of the destinations served by the airport
are in Africa, but the most used intercontinental destinations are: Turkish Airlines operating
flights to Istanbul, Turkey; Qatar Airways operates flights to Doha, Qatar; and TAP Air
Portugal to Lisbon, Portugal.==Expansion==
China’s Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company has built a new cargo terminal, in
what was the starting point of the first phase of a Chinese financed expansion project, with
an initial estimated cost of US$75 million. The first phase concluded with the opening
of the new international terminal on 15 November 2010. The new terminal has a capacity of 900,000
passengers a year, far from the 60,000 it could hold before. Originally, this modernization project had
in mind to benefit from the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in neighbouring South Africa, but
it could not be finished in time. It was, however, ready for the All Africa
Games which were held in Maputo in 2011. The project experienced a serious cost overrun,
with the builder requesting an additional US$40 to US$50 million to complete the work.The
second phase entailed the construction of a new domestic terminal where the old terminal
stood. The whole plan is for Maputo International
Airport to double its capacity from 450,000 to 900,000 per year and help expand tourism
in the city and country. The terminal will also have 14 check-in counters,
electronic panels displaying flights, a presidential VIP lounge, escalators and an electric central
cooling system. The new terminal is expected to serve 400
arriving and departing passengers per hour, compared to the old building that could only
handle 150 passengers per hour.==Airlines and destinations=====
Passenger===Notes^1 : This flight operates via Johannesburg. However, this carrier does not have rights
to transport passengers solely between Johannesburg and Maputo.===Cargo=====
Accidents and incidents==On 10 July 1986, Douglas C-47A 7315 of the
Zimbabwe Air Force crashed on take-off. All 17 people on board were killed. On 29 November 2013, LAM Flight TM-470 operated
on a scheduled passenger flight from Maputo, Mozambique to Luanda, Angola. It was flying at FL380 when the airplane entered
a sudden descent. All 33 on board were killed as the Embraer
190 jet impacted the ground in the Bwabwata National Park in Namibia. Murder-suicide by the pilot is suspected

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