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Timor-Leste: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52320-002 Status: Proposed

The Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (PNLIA) has a runway of 1,850 meters (m) in length with a pavement width of 30m. The runway can accommodate Code C aircrafts such as B737 and A320, but operations of these aircrafts are under significant restrictions on payload because the length of the runway is short. The existing runway also does not have the ICAO specified Runway End Safety Areas (RESA), which is at least 90m long and required for safe aerodrome operation. These two issues pose challenges in route development of the PNLIA for better air connectivity of the country because airlines have to take into consideration commercial penalty by operating with reduced passenger load factors (i.e., less seat occupied) and consider extra safety measures. The current Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is also in poor condition and does not fully meet the requirements even for the existing runway.

Project Details

Project Officer
Shim, Chaorin Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Timor-Leste
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project
Project Number 52320-002
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Dili Airport Runway Upgrading Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 60.00 million
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 40.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Air transport

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (PNLIA) has a runway of 1,850 meters (m) in length with a pavement width of 30m. The runway can accommodate Code C aircrafts such as B737 and A320, but operations of these aircrafts are under significant restrictions on payload because the length of the runway is short. The existing runway also does not have the ICAO specified Runway End Safety Areas (RESA), which is at least 90m long and required for safe aerodrome operation. These two issues pose challenges in route development of the PNLIA for better air connectivity of the country because airlines have to take into consideration commercial penalty by operating with reduced passenger load factors (i.e., less seat occupied) and consider extra safety measures. The current Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is also in poor condition and does not fully meet the requirements even for the existing runway.

The project will be aligned with the following impact: national productivity improved by ensuring better connectivity of its people within and outside of the country. The proposed outcome is improved efficiency and safety of goods' and people's movements.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed project will improve the facilities at the PNLIA in Dili mainly by upgrading the airport runway to meet the requirements recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and configuring other airport facilities to conform to the upgraded runway. The project will enhance the safety of the PNLIA and reduce safety concerns on the airport key facilities raised by the market, which will help the country establish better air connectivity.
Impact National productivity improved by ensuring better connectivity of its people within and outside of the country
Outcome Efficiency and safety of goods' and people's movements improved
Outputs

PNLIA runway, ATCT, and other key airport facilities improved

Organizational and management capacity of the Integrated Project Management Unit and the MOTC established

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Shim, Chaorin
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Dec 2020
Fact Finding 22 Feb 2021 to 02 Mar 2021
MRM 03 May 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Dec 2020

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
52320-TIM: Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport Expansion Project Other Notice Active 26 May 2021

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