Uganda's Entebbe Airport Expansion 90% Complete, Set to Boost Capacity

Entebbe Airport's $200M expansion nears 90% completion, set to double passenger capacity to 3.5M annually, boosting Uganda's aviation and economy.

Israel Ojoko
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Uganda's Entebbe Airport Expansion 90% Complete, Set to Boost Capacity

Uganda's Entebbe Airport Expansion 90% Complete, Set to Boost Capacity

The Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda (UCAA) has reported that the ongoing expansion and construction works at Entebbe International Airport are 90% complete as of April 2024. The $200 million project, being carried out by China Communication Company (CCC), aims to nearly double the airport's passenger handling capacity from 2 million to 3.5 million annually.

Key developments of the expansion include the commissioning of a new passenger terminal in January 2024, the construction of a new 200,000 square meter passenger terminal, the completion of a new 100,000-ton cargo terminal and cargo apron, and the resurfacing of two runways. The new 20,000-square-meter passenger terminal building, which will connect to the existing 30,000-square-meter terminal, is 60% complete and expected to be operational in 2024.

In March 2024, Entebbe International Airport handled 171,990 international passengers, averaging 5,548 passengers per day. This marks a notable increase in traffic over the past three months and a recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with passenger numbers surpassing the 1.8 million recorded in 2019.

Why this matters: The expansion of Entebbe International Airport is a significant boost for Uganda's aviation sector and economy. The increased passenger and cargo capacity will enhance Uganda's position as a regional transportation hub, facilitate trade, and support the growth of tourism in the country.

UCAA Director General Fred Bamwesigye stated, "The new facilities and ongoing projects are meant to address the growing traffic, which reached 1.93 million passengers in 2023 compared to 1.8 million in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic." The UCAA is optimistic about achieving favorable scores in an upcoming aviation security audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has urged the public to be patient with any temporary inconveniences as the projects are finalized to improve the overall passenger experience.

Key Takeaways

  • Entebbe Airport expansion 90% complete, to double capacity to 3.5M passengers
  • New passenger terminal, cargo terminal, and runway resurfacing underway
  • Airport traffic recovered to 1.93M passengers in 2023, surpassing pre-COVID levels
  • Expansion to boost Uganda's aviation sector and economy as regional hub
  • UCAA aims to pass upcoming ICAO security audit, despite temporary inconveniences