Work to expand Entebbe airport starts



Government has started work to expand Entebbe International Airport in a bid to reduce on the airplane traffic congestion.

The expansion started this month this month with the renovation of the checking area and grading of the new cargo area that will be able to host more airplane traffic.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) manager for public affairs Ignie Igunduura, the airport experiences the challenges of congestion mostly during peak hours.

The first phase of the expansion that will have a larger airplane parking, bigger departure area and new cargo centre is expected to end in 2021, according to government.

This therefore means that airport will be able to accommodate more planes and reduce on flight charges.

In February 2015, the government of South Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency, gave the government of Uganda (GOU) a grant of Shs27 billion towards modernization of the airport.

In the same month, the government of Uganda began a three-phase upgrade and expansion of the airport to last from 2015 until 2035.

The entire renovation budget is approximately US$586 million.

In April 2016, Minister of Works John Byabagambi launched a Shs42.6 billion project to expand the departure and arrival lounges.

The work will be carried out by Seyani Brothers Limited and will be fully funded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda. Construction is scheduled to commence on 1 June 2016 with completion expected in December 2017.

This work is separate from the mega expansion partially funded by the government of South Korea.

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