Over 13.5 percent of works on the on-going expansion of the passenger terminal building at Entebbe International Airport has so far been accomplished.
The landside expansion contracted to Seyani Brothers (U) Ltd seeks to provide more room and comfort for service users, especially passengers.
Construction on this part is underway, of a new Departures and Arrivals concession block.
This particular project is funded entirely by Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) internally generated revenue. According to CAA’s public affairs manager Vianney Luggya, this project is projected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The last time the media was taken on a tour of works at the Airport in July 2017, works on this project were at 10%.
The existing Passenger Terminal building was opened in 1974 for peak hour traffic of 250 arriving and 250 departing passengers.
The Terminal got some limited improvements as the country prepared for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007, elevating it to the current capacity of 410 arriving and 360 departing passengers.
However, the National Aviation Master Plan projects 930 arriving passengers and 820 departing passengers during peak hours, by 2033.
Mr Luggya says the expansion is critical in providing for the growth and ensuring a good customer experience.
In 2016, the Airport handled a total of 1.5 million incoming and outgoing passengers.
On the other hand, other major works are ongoing on construction of a new Cargo Centre on the south end of the airport and is so far at 24%.
This project, which is largely loan funded, is contracted to the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).
Mr Luggya says the earthworks are so far complete and that the contractor is now working on the Cargo Centre’s airside and landside access roads before embarking on the building blocks in September, 2017.
“They are also working on the drainage channel at the airside in preparation for expansion of the Aircraft Parking Apron to add six more Aircraft Parking bays,” Lyggya said.
The proposed new 100,000 tones capacity Cargo Centre will be a self-contained facility with a Parking Apron, landslide and airside access roads, cooling facilities, a Freight Forwarders Parlor and ancillary business outlets.
Cargo volumes have grown from 6,600 metric tons recorded in 1991 to 59,000 tons at the turn of 2016.
Other works to be undertaken by CCCC in the first phase (of five years) include re-surfacing of the Runways, Taxiways and strengthening and expansion of the Aprons.
The supervising Consultant for the projects is Dar Al – Handasah Shair & Partners.