Construction of the new Nacala International Airport in Nampula, Mozambique, is expected to start in April this year.
The Mozambican Government has given its final approval to $112m project, which will see the existing Nacala military air base converted into an international airport.
Construction will be undertaken by the Brazilian company Odebrescht and is estimated to be completed in 23 months.
Passenger and cargo terminals, a new control tower and a repaved runway in line with international civil aviation standards will all be created in this time.
The 3,400m runway will accommodate large aircraft such as Boeing's 757 and 767, while the airport is expected to serve 500,000 to 600,000 passengers a year.