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Construction of Airports near completion as Aviation Passengers increase


A number of interventions are being undertaken by the government of Uganda to develop an Air transport network that will connect the country to all major cities of the world in order to compete successfully for economic growth opportunities.

This was revealed by Mr. Fred Byamukama, the minister of state for transport while receiving a shs160m consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) donated by the embassy of China to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA).

Minister Byamukama noted that the government is undertaking the development of a second international airport at Kabale in Hoima district to support the oil and gas sector. “This is expected to be complete in 2023,” added the minister.

This comes at a time when Entebbe airport continues to register an increase in the number of travellers with a total of 111,431 recorded in November 2021. Among these, were 49,254 arrivals and 62,144 departures, all making an average of 3,714 passengers per day.

According to Ms. Olive Lumonya, the UCAA deputy director general, this comes on the heels of having facilitated a total of 100,455 passengers in October 2021, “a sign that there is slow but steady progress in the recovery of the industry.”

Minister Byamukama expressed more plans of improving and upgrading facilities of some of the thirteen upcountry aerodromes managed by UCAA to meet international standards and support the development of tourism in the country. The plan is to start with Arua, Gulu and Kasese.

“The national airline has been revived and is already contributing to competitiveness of air transport in the region and beyond. Since commencement of the flights to Dubai, more businessmen are plying that route and there are future plans to commence direct flights to China, which is expected to be accomplished in April 2022,” noted the minister.


The embassy of China in Uganda donated equipment worth sh160m to the UCAA in a fight against the spread of COVID-19. Donated by ambassador Zhang Lizhong, the equipment included medical face masks, N95 face masks, overall protective gear, eye shield, gloves examination disposable, infrared thermometer, face shield, flat-screen TVs and Lianhua Qing Wen capsules among others.

While donating the equipment, ambassador Lizhong said, the donation was a kind appreciation to Uganda by the embassy of China for the reception and hospitality extended to the people of China living in Uganda. “As the pandemic continues to ravage and negatively impact people’s lives and work, we have to stand and work together in solidarity,” appealed Lizhong.

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