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CAA acquires land for Entebbe Airport expansion
Publish Date: Jul 19, 2012

CAA deputy managing director, David Mpango Kakuba. Photo by Abu Kisige
BY PASCAL KWESIGA


The Civil Aviation Authority has acquired land to embark on the expansion program of Entebbe International Airport.

CAA deputy managing director, David Mpango Kakuba said Thursday government allocated the national aviation body 66.5 acres of land to kick start the expansion works of the country's main airport.

He told reporters in Kampala that the government has given CAA part of the land that belongs to the ministry of agriculture in Entebbe to establish a modern cargo center to decongest the airport.

Kakuba explained that they have earmarked sh60bn in internally generated funds to expand the aircraft parking area and maintenance center.
 

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CAA to use Shs60 billion in initial airport expansion
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By Flavia Nalubega (email the author)

Posted Friday, July 20 2012 at 01:00
IN SUMMARY

The Shs60 billion will be the initial amount needed for the expansion of sections of the airport.

Civil Aviation Authority is seeking to raise at least Shs60 billion to kick start the rehabilitation of Entebbe International airport.
The project that was approved by the government is likely to kick off this year, under a public private partnership with CAA.

CAA deputy managing director, David Mpango told journalists in Kampala yesterday that the Shs60 billion is an initial amount, which will be used to construct a new new shopping mall, modern cargo and passenger terminals as well as expansion and construction of a modern car parking lot.

“We are now seeking to partner with private partners to raise the funds. Shs60bn is what is needed in the short term to kick start the project, however, to accomplish the entire project, we need far more than the Shs60 billion,” Mr Mpango said.

CAA is working out a national aviation master plan with International Civil Aviation Organisation to rework the entire airport, a move that will give proper estimates of the funds needed.

Facilitating the expansion
To facilitate the expansion, CAA received an additional 66.5 hectares of land from the government to enlarge the landing field which apparently has been more busy with an increase in traffic. However, the land, is still small to give the airport a competitive advantage over other airports within the region.

“Jomo Kenyatta was given 200 hectares yet it is already big. We need more land if we are to undertake a proper expansion plan,” Mr Mpango said.
Passenger traffic recorded at Entebbe Airport for the months of April and May grew by 13.3 per cent bringing the current passenger numbers to 189,027.

However, this will not be the first time CAA will be receiving funds for purposes of expansion and upgrade. In 2007, during the preparations for Chogm, CAA received Shs103 billion to among others construct the VIP lounge, construction of watchtowers.
 

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Entebbe International Airport expansion starts

http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/672647-entebbe-airport-expansion-starts-on-saturday.html

By Innocent Anguyo

The long awaited upgrade and expansion of the Entebbe International Airport to meet the growing air traffic will kick-off on Saturday.

Civil works for the development of Entebbe will be undertaken in three phases, the first one financed with a concessional loan worth $200m (about sh700b) from the Chinese government extended to Uganda through EXIM Bank.

In January 2015, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) unveiled a plan to upgrade and expand the airport between 2016 and 20133.

According to the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali, the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe is scheduled for Saturday.

Yali revealed that EXIM Bank had granted Uganda a loan repayment period of 20 years and a five-year grace period.

Addressing a gathering of Ugandan students at the Chinese Embassy in Kololo, Kampala, on Sunday, Yali said the contract for the expansion of Uganda’s biggest airport has been awarded to China Communication Construction Company, the firm currently building the Kampala–Entebbe Expressway.

He said it would take about three years for the first phase of the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport which sits on the shores of Lake Victoria to be completed.

Phase one of the works involves the construction of a new passenger terminal, cargo terminal and a multi-storey car park.

Other areas will include the widening of the existing runway, building of aprons and improvement of the navigation aids.

“Uganda’s tourism sector is growing and a lot of foreigners are visiting the country. The airport at the current status cannot meet this overwhelming demand. Since we have a cordial and mutual relationship with Uganda, we are glad to support the country’s transformation,” said Yali.

Asked if China would equally finance the second phase of the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe, Yali said they hadn’t delved into that aspect of the works with the Uganda government.

When Parliament recently approved borrowing of $200m for the first phase of Entebbe works, the Minister of State for Finance, David Bahati, said $125 million would be required for the subsequent phase.

The Entebbe International Airport master plan, CAA will also need $67.4m between 2019 and 2023 for further upgrade, as well as an additional $160.5m for the same purpose from 2024 to 2033.

On the day Parliament approved the loan, the Chairperson of the Committee on National Economy, Xavier Kyooma said the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe would promote excellent service at the airport through provision of competitive infrastructure and facilities.

The upgrade and expansion of Entebbe is meant to prepare the airport for a projected surge in traffic.

CAA managing director, Rama Makuza recently said they expected passenger traffic to increase by about 7.5 % annually for the next five years facilitated by a spike in business travels.

Passenger traffic at Entebbe has grown gradually to 1.3m last year, 300,000 up from about one million in 2010.

Cargo handled at the airport increased to about 52,000 metric tonnes from 49,000 tonnes in the same period.

China has financed several massive infrastructure projects in Uganda including the Entebbe Expressway, the Isimba dam, Mandela National Stadium Namboole, Karuma dam, and standard gauge railway.




 

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Does anyone read that Royal Air Maroc will deserve Entebbe ?

All destinations are not on the map. RAM has just begin Nairobi service.

RAM network :



 

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I wished he had mentioned something about the new airport planned for Fort Portal. Western Uganda needs a proper airport.
 

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