Designing the International Airport of Catumbela


Angola, Africa


A common way to revitalize a city is usually to introduce a mass attraction in the center of it or to renovate a once-sought site in the city. Kifangondo’s Mártires neighbourhood required such a treatment, and so when the National Airports and Air Navigation Company commissioned Dar to design and supervise the construction of the International Airport of Catumbela, we were thrilled to take part in the community project.

We built the passenger terminal, a control tower and its power substation, a fire brigade building, a utilities complex center, a wastewater treatment plant, a car parking area, and aircraft aprons and patio. We also rehabilitated the existing taxiway and constructed a connection between it and the apron.

The design also had to serve the needs of the in-coming and out-going travelers and facilitate their trips, so we provided access to the airport from the National Highway and installed runway and taxiway lighting.

Thanks to Dar’s efforts, the International Airport of Catumbela has breathed life back into Kifangondo and will hopefully improve the quality of life in the area both for civilians and travelers alike.


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