Entebbe Airport expansion to increase tourist arrivals

 By Ambrose Gahene

CAA says expansions of Airport will increase passenger arrivals to 930 and 820 departures during peak hours

During a media tour of the ongoing expansion works at Entebbe Airport recently, David Kakuba Mpango, the new CAA Managing Director said 10 per cent of the expansion works for construction of the new arrivals and departures concession blocks had been accomplished.

“This particular project undertaken by Seyani Brothers is internally funded by Civil Aviation authority at a contract sum of Ush42b and is expected to be delivered by the end of 2018,” said Kakuba. Kakuba said the National Civil Aviation Master Plan projects 930 arriving passengers and 820 departing passengers during peak hours by 2033.

CAA Public Affairs Manager Vienney Luggya, told media in an interview last Tuesday that; Entebbe International Airport is set to handle large passenger and cargo planes, making new routes commercially viable for the first time. “The expansion of Entebbe Airport is on schedule which is a major step forward, adding potential to our airport’s capability to support bigger flights. It’s an exciting opportunity and means our Airport will soon connect to major International Airports around the world, that will make travel extremely accessible from Uganda and back,” said Luggya.

He added that; Entebbe International Airport targets to, among others, expand its departure and arrival terminals using a Shs721b loan the government acquired from China. “Entebbe Airport will be able to comfortably land Airbus 380 when the runway is expanded,” Mr. Luggya explained further.  RwandAir’s Airbus 330-200 is among the few slightly big planes that frequent Entebbe International Airport since September 2016. Mr. Luggya alongside CAA Manager Marketing and Commercial Services Mr. Tom Wasswa also held that the new cargo centre will be complete in four years.

“Cargo traffic at the Airport has increased from 6,600 metric tonnes in 1991 to 59,000 at the turn of last year, with projections of estimated growth at 6.5 per year for the next 17 years thus requiring a new 100,000 tonnes capacity cargo centre to accommodate the growth.”

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