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China, Sudan sign $700m loan for new Khartoum airport

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December 16, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and China officially signed a $700 million loan agreement on Tuesday to fund the construction of the New Khartoum International Airport.

Passengers arrive at Khartoum’s international airport on 13 September 2012 (Photo: Reuters /Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The new terminal and its facilities, to be built on 86,000 square metre, will receive over 7.5 million passengers annually.

The Sudanese authorities plan to offer regional and international services, as the new airport will have two 4,000 metre runways capable of handling large air-planes.

The official news agency SUNA said the agreement was signed in Chinese capital Beijing by the Sudanese finance minister Abdelrahman Dirar and Ms Liang Xiang, the Export and Import Bank of China (EXIM) governor’s assistant on Tuesday.

EXIM will fund the new airport terminal through a 20-year loan with a five year grace period, and 2.5% annual interest.

The terminal will be built during 40 months by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). 40% of the construction works will be implemented by Sudanese companies.

A new 300-room hotel will be also part of this airport, which is located at 40 km from Khartoum city.

Sudan hopes that this airport will increase the exportation of Sudanese goods to the Gulf countries and Africa.

China is the biggest investor and buyer of Sudanese oil.

(ST)

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  • 17 December 2014 10:15, by Northern Sudanese

    good news because Khartoums current airport is nothing but a disgrace. its a shame that such a huge country has a small mini airport which could be considered a huge bus station.

    comparing our airport to Heathrow is like comparing a kitty to a lion. when the khartoum airport is built, port sudan also would a need a new airport along with the Darfur region.

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  • 17 December 2014 15:07, by Observer

    What happened to the previous new airport that we heard so much about?
    Oh yes that was the one that construction was stopped due to the money for that having to pay the Chinese the loan money for the Marowe dam
    Why would a 300 room hotel be built at the airport which is 40 kilometres from the centre of Khartoum and where all the head offices of business are located?

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    • 17 December 2014 18:11, by Northern Sudanese

      merowe dam was finished in 2009 buddy

      this is a different project so different funders. It was delayed in the past and now its going to be built and start construction in 3 months time. prearation for construction started 6 months ago.

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  • 17 December 2014 15:17, by Observer

    The average hotel size in Dubai is around 350 rooms per hotel yet our government is going to build a 300 room hotel.
    Dubai is a must visit tourist city which had 11 million guests in 2013.
    Why would our government think that 7.5 million visitors are going to fly into Khartoum and for what reason would they?

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    • 17 December 2014 18:15, by Northern Sudanese

      you have a low understanding of aviation. the airport will not receive 7.5 million tourists, it will handle 7.5 million passengers a year. those passengers are mainly gonna be by passers i.e. stopping in khartoum and leaving with another plane etc. thats what the hotel is for.

      Sudan had 600,000 tourists last year. that number is likely to grow to 1 million by 2016.

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      • 19 December 2014 08:42, by Observer

        Northern Sudanese

        This is an international airport - the plans do not include a domestic terminal as that will stay at the current airport.
        So this means 7.5 million international passengers are being planned for .
        Yes Merowe Dam finished in 2009 but the govt hasn’t been able to meet the repayments on the loans. The money set aside for this airport development was diverted to meet the loans.

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