A $200m airport in Mazambique, a country in Africa, was meant to be the second busiest in the country expected to handle 500,000 passengers a year. But three years after it opened, it is operating at only 4% of its capacity.
The airport project was funded by the Brazilian National Economic and Social Development Bank, as part of a USD 300 million investment in Mozambique by Brazil. The project consists of the construction of passenger and cargo terminals, a control tower, maintenance building, firefighting building, runway, taxi ways, a parking lot and all necessary equipment and systems. The project involved 23 months of construction work,
The Airport has also been caught up in a corruption scandal involving the contractor, a Brazilian multi-national engineering and construction firm Odebrecht International. The company was responsible for the airport’s construction, and admitted to having paid bribes to high level officials.