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Upgrade, Expansion of Entebbe Airport near completion


Feb 10, 2020

By Resty Nassazi

As Uganda prepares to host the upcoming G77+ China summit in April, Entebbe airport will be key in facilitating over 100 presidents and 1000 delegates. According to Hon. Joy Kabatsi the state minister for transport, this calls for adequate preparation, planning and coordination to make it a success. “Conferences of this nature contribute to growth in passenger traffic figures which subsequently translate into increased revenue for the country,” she noted. Kabatsi made the remarks while inspecting the expansion works of Entebbe international airport. The tour of Entebbe airport was Kabatsi’s first official duty after her appointment in the line ministry, from that of agriculture where she recently served as a state minister in charge of animal industry.

From left; David Kakuba Ayub Sooma Joy Kabatsi and Emmanuel Barungi during Entebbe airport inspection

Ongoing works at Entebbe airport

Meanwhile, Prof. David Kakuba the UCAA director general elaborated to the new minister, some of the roles and policy guidelines for the aviation regulator. He noted that overall expansion works of Entebbe airport stand at 60%. “The cargo complex is at 82% completion while runway 12/30 is at 94% progress whereas Apron 4 and Apron 2 have been constructed to 50% and 90% respectively,” remarked Kakuba. Other expansion works include, extension of Taxiway A which stands at 90% progress and construction of water tanks which is at 80% completion.
L-R-Prof., David Kakuba, Eng. Ayub Sooma Minister Kabatsi and Emmanuel Barungi while inspecting Entebbe airport

Eng. Mike Ndawula the chairman board of directors pointed out several achievements attained by UCAA of recent, among which include, an award of ICAO council of president’s certificate in aviation security plus an increase in passenger traffic. “Entebbe airport will be the major entry and exit point for all delegates who’ll come for the G77+ China summit. The authority is therefore working closely with national organising committee to ensure that airport-related needs for all delegates, are made,” noted Ndawula.

Officials from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority and the ministry of transport led by minister Joy Kabatsi while inspecting Entebbe airport
The first phase of upgrading and expansion of Entebbe airport which commenced in 2016, is expected to be complete by 2021, from when the second phase will begin for the next five years. Upon completion, the facility is expected to handle 3.5million passengers, way higher than 1.84million passengers who used the airport in 2018. The US$200m project which is being carried out by China Communications Construction Company(CCCC), also includes upgrading of runways, commercial centre, aircraft parking aprons, terminal building, fuel hydrant lines and fuel farm among others.

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