Total is to modernize the airport at Port-Gentil, Gabon
7 April 2011
Total Gabon has signed an agreement with the Gabonese government on the modernization of the airport of Port-Gentil, it was announced this week by Gabonese transport Minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale.
The oil company will carry out the works, at an estimated cost of 43.8 million dollars.
The project will transform the airport, enabling it to handle international flights.
The present airport will be razed to the ground and the works on constructing the runway, which will be extended in order to allow wide-body airplanes to land, will start this month and finish by the end of 2011. The new airport will be opened in 2012.
General manager of Total Gabon, Jean Philippe Magnan, explained that the company's aim is to see "the first commercial flight before the end of 2011", reports the AGP press agency.
Port-Gentil will thus become the third Gabonese city to be provided with an international-class airport, after Libreville and Franceville.