Chinese-funded airport to be constructed in Djibouti
Pesident, Ismail Omar Guelleh last week laid the first stone of the US$ 599m Chinese-funded international airport being constructed in Djibouti.
The new El-Hajj Hassan Gouled Airport, located in Ali-Sabieh, 25 km south of the capital, will serve 1.5 million passengers annually, and construction will entail setting up of runways to cater for modern commercial jets. The facility will have capacity to process 100,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
The airport construction project is expected to enhance the economic growth of the country, and create over 500 jobs. It is scheduled for completion in 2018.
Construction of a smaller 350,000-passenger airport near Seven Brothers islands is also covered in the budget. The investment is to be provided by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).