in Features / Airports

Libreville to realise Gabonese dream

Posted 5 June 2019 · Add Comment

Gabon’s planned new airport at Libreville will help to realise the dream of turning the city into a key airport hub in central and west Africa, through enhancing connectivity, providing jobs and increasing the country’s status in the region, writes Vincent Chappard.

The driving force behind the airport is local company, Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ) Airports, a subsidiary of the Olam Group.
It has commissioned the French engineering group Egis – active in Africa since 1988 with successful projects in Cameroon, Kenya and Madagascar – to supervise and control construction of the new facility.
As the volume of air traffic is still limited in Africa – and the economy of air transport on the continent is fragile – the investment in the new airport is of critical importance. “We must be inventive in the mobilisation of limited financial resources so that the burden of paying for the airport does not weigh too heavily on airlines, passengers and operators of the platform,” said Olivier Baric, Egis’ aviation director, Africa.
According to GSEZ CEO, Gagan Gupta: “Egis’ knowledge and understanding of the local conditions, as well as its immense experience of airport construction, will allow both groups, in unison, to provide national success in Libreville.”
 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Air Austral in the starting-blocks

Air Austral thwarted the Covid-19 crisis by adjusting to the context and constraints of air transport by leveraging its human and technical capabilities. Let us see how the Reunionese airline is paving its way to recovery with Vincent

Tunisair in turmoil

Tunisair is in crisis. Its latest CEO, appointed in January, lasted just seven weeks before she was sacked. The country’s minister of transport has admitted the airline is “in great financial difficulty”, salaries are not being paid,

Azman Air resumes flight operations

Nigeria’s Azman Air has announced it will resume flight operations from May 16, 2021.

Locust fighting force plagued by lack of cash

A huge crisis is looming in east Africa as vital funding for the aircraft operations tackling huge swarms of locusts is drying up. Oscar Nkala reports.

Collins Aerospace unveils new look for its Venue Cabin Management System

Collins Aerospace has updated its VenueTM Cabin Management System (CMS). A new and improved Venue graphical user interface (GUI) is now available for aftermarket installations of the system.

Pent-up demand will help propel Africa’s travel recovery

Africa’s travel recovery will be fuelled by substantial pent-up demand, according to the “Africa Travel Recovery, Opportunity & Risks Research Brief”, reports Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company, written for Africa

Aviation Africa 2021 SKOC
See us at
Aviation MENA 2022Aviation Africa 2021 BTOCShields AfricaDAS21_BTWDS BT1202090322