Entebbe International Airport’s traffic performance is rapidly increasing throughout the years, an indication that the aviation industry is growing and moving in the right direction.
By 2018, the airport recorded 1,840,264 passengers, indicating an additional 190,264 passengers more than the 1.65 Million passengers registered in 2017.
Hence, indicating a 10.2% growth, this is believed to have been resulted from the increased number of travels by Ugandans seeking for employment in the Middle East, improved tourism promotion of Uganda’s tourist attractions among others.
The domestic passenger traffic also recorded a 41.9 growth down from 18,824 in 2017 to 26,711 in 2018, while commercial aircraft movements registered a 10.4 growth with rise from 29,327 in 2017 to 32,386 last year.
There was however, decline in exports by air up from 44,635 (9.40%) in 2017, down to 40,440 Tons in 2018.the drop is believed could have resulted partly from the suspension of UN food supplies to south Sudan.
On another note, while addressing journalists on the airport’s full scale emergency exercise to test its readiness in handling emergency, Mr. Fred Bamwesigye, the deputy Managing Director CAA stressed that the airport is now ready to handle any kind of emergencies.
Bamwesigye revealed that the airport was able to successfully complete the emergency exercise, which is one of the mandates for all international airports to undergo, by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“We have successfully concluded conducting a mandatory full scale emergency exercise to test for Entebbe International Airport’s readiness in case of an emergency.
This time round, the situation featured two scenarios; one involving a passenger aircraft hijack and the other being simulation of an aircraft crash with both activities being held one after the other.”
When asked to give the current stand on the airport extension projects, the officials disclosed that the projects are moving on as expected.
Started May 30th, 2016 and expected to conclude by 9th May, 2021, there is been drastic progress in the projects.
It is reported that the cargo center is 50% complete, new 1230 run way is 75% complete and Apron is 65% complete among others.