Turkish firm to start building Sudan’s 'biggest airport'
A Turkish construction company will start building Sudan’s biggest airport early next year, according to the firm’s chair.
“We will lay the foundation for the Khartoum International Airport in the first quarter of 2019 and complete it in less than 36 months,” Selim Bora, the chair of the construction firm Summa, told state-run Anadolu Agency.
Bora stated that the three-phase project is worth $1.15 billion.
“First we will build a terminal with a 6 million-person [annual] capacity along with all infrastructure services, runways, and airport aprons,” he said.
Bora added that the airport’s annual capacity will reach 9 million in the second phase and 12 million in the third phase.
The project, developed on the build-operate-transfer model, is currently in the design phase, he said.
Saying that Sudan has the largest surface area in Africa, Bora added the airport will also serve other countries in the region.
“Airports in Cairo and Addis Ababa are currently the most important and effective ones on the continent,” he noted.
Investing in Africa since 2007
Bora said he hoped the air passenger traffic in those airports will shift to Khartoum International Airport, which enjoys geographical advantages.
He said Summa entered the African market in 2007 by doing several projects in Libya and then in Equatorial Guinea.
The company has continued African projects in countries such as Senegal, Rwanda, Congo, Niger, Sudan, and Benin, he added.
“Niger will host next year’s African Union Summit next July, so the country needs infrastructure services and investments,” Bora said.
He said the renovation of an airport and construction of a five-star hotel in Niger will be completed in July 2019.
In March Summa signed the deal with Sudan’s Finance Ministry to build the new Khartoum airport.