Efficient and modern airports are one of the foundation stones of advanced and competitive economies. They are significant employers in their own right and catalysts for growth in almost every sector of an economy. As of now, there are two key airports in Madagascar to be invested into. This will help to boost business, tourism and jobs in the country.
In 2015, as part of its economic reforms programme, the Malagasy government awarded a 28-year management concession that saw Ravinala Airport take over the running of Antananarivo Airport. Antananarivo Airport serves the country’s capital, Antananarivo, and Nosy Be Airport in the north of the country. Ravinala is investing €215 million in upgrading and expanding facilities at both airports with the support of a €25 loan from the EAIF.
At Antananarivo Airport, passenger handling capacity will more than double. Its runway is being reinforced and resurfaced, giving the airport the ability to take wide-bodied aircraft. Terminal and runway works are also central to the improvements at Nosy Be Airport, one of the country’s busiest tourism airports. Its capacity will rise to accommodate 500,000 passengers a year, making it a more attractive destination for regional and global carriers. Ravinala is marketing the airport to airlines and tourism operators worldwide.
Among the direct benefits of the project of the two key airports in Madagascar to be invested into is the creation of jobs for local people during the construction phase. Permanent jobs will also be boosted at the airports, particularly in areas like aircraft servicing, catering, retail and security. The project is expected to deliver €61 million in taxes to the Malagasy government.