Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure, Natural Resources & Environment planned to develop Sao Tomé & Principe International Airport Modernization & Expansion Project in Sao Tome, Agua-Grande, Sao Tome and Principe. China IPPR International Engineering Co Ltd was the Construction contractor of the project. The project covered the renovation & expansion of the airport runway from 2.17km to 2.8km, the parking area, the lighting system, the air traffic control management systems, as well as the cargo terminal. Upon completion, the airport would meet the requirements of 4E level flight. The project would improve the country's transportation infrastructure, promote national living standards and economic development.