Togo to construct new airport in Lome by 2020

The Togolese government plans to construct a new airport in the capital Lome, an official source said on Thursday. The existing facility is undergoing modernisation and extension at a cost of 150 million U. S. dollars.

Togolese Transport Minister, Ninsao Gnofam, confirmed the ongoing search for a site for the construction of the new airport at a recent cabinet meeting presided over by President Faure Gnassingbe.

According to the recommendations of the first feasibility studies, Tsevie, 40 km from Lome, has been selected among the three sites already identified. The government noted that this site appears to be the most ideal and meets the different international standards.

The construction of a new airport in Lome has been justified by the inadequate capacity of the current Gnassingbe Eyadema International Airport. “Going by the development plans and estimated traffic flow in future, the capacity of our airport will reach 1.5 million passengers by the year 2010 and beyond this period, there will be no room for expansion,’’

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