Now, the Douala International Airport can accommodate any type of aircraft, including the Airbus 380 which, according to some sources, remains the largest commercial aircraft.
Activity resumed at the Douala International Airport, following the infrastructure upgrading and expansion work carried out over the last two weeks, including the renewal of the aircraft turnover area and the airstrip, According to APA, quoting a source at the Aéroports du Cameroun (ADC).
Indeed, after the work of last year which allowed to give a rejuvenation to this airport platform, complementary works were undertaken in the framework of the continuation of its rehabilitation.
According to Jacob Mbargaso, the director of the airport of Douala, “everything is back in order since all the flights have resumed” ending the readjustments from 10 to 17 April 2017 with the closure of the airport of 4 hours to 12 hours and from 17 to 25 April 2017, closing between 4 am and 8 am local time. This situation had led to a shift of some 60 flights, the companies having been forced to make readjustments, says the news agency.
The actual work consisted of the renewal of the turning-over area of the aircraft, that is to say the place where they were positioned for take-off from the scratch area of the touchdown zone, i.e the first contact of the aircraft with the ground.
In addition, white marking was carried out on the runway and the sewage systems, the construction of a retaining wall to prevent landslides and the increase of the parking capacity. No details on the cost of this operation have yet been disclosed.
With a capacity of 1,500,000 passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo per year, Cameroon’s international airport is the main gateway to and exit from Cameroon, with more than 60 per cent of Cameroon’s air traffic.