The Scandinavia-based Ethiopian gold exploration and mining company, Akobo Minerals, has announced details of the pioneer flight to land at a new airstrip.

The 100 m-long airstrip, which was built over the course of 70 days and includes design, approval, and construction, is located a few kilometers from Akobo Minerals’ mining facility and can accommodate planes transporting up to 40 passengers. It will, according to Akobo, allow the corporation to more effectively bring in supplies and staff, allow for any medical evacuation, and provide a secure transportation path for gold to Addis Ababa before being distributed to foreign purchasers once gold production begins in a few months. Until today, the nearest airfield was in Jima, at least a six-hour drive away.

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