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PHOTOS: Expansion Works on Entebbe Airport Reach 17% 

The grand expansion and upgrade project now ongoing at Entebbe International Airport has reached 17%; the acting Civil Aviation Authority Managing Director, viagra sale Dr. David Mpango has revealed.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday following a tour of the site, viagra 100mg Dr. Mpango said earthworks for the new cargo center have been completed by the Chinese contractors.

“The compacted ground has been given time to settle before construction of the building blocks continues in June, page ” he noted.

Works on the new departure and arrival terminal building at Entebbe airport.
Works on the new departure and arrival terminal building at Entebbe airport.

The drainage works for the facility, he says, are almost complete as well as the connecting airside service road and the new access road to the cargo center.

“Overall, the major cargo center works progress is at 17.4%.”

Civil Aviation Authority Managing Director, Dr. David Mpango
Civil Aviation Authority Managing Director, Dr. David Mpango

According to officials from the CAA, cargo going through Entebbe airport is estimated to be growing at a rate of 6.5% per year and this will go on for the next 17 years.

Uganda’s main airport handles 59,000 tons of cargo per year as of 2016 but with the construction of the new cargo center, traffic will grow up to 100,000 tons per year.

The CAA acting Managing Director says as part of the mega project, the terminal building which handles 400 and 360; arriving and departing passengers per hour will also be expanded to accommodate more passengers.

Entebbe Airport currently handles 59,000 tons of cargo per year as of 2016
Entebbe Airport currently handles 59,000 tons of cargo per year as of 2016

“The master plan projects 930 arriving and 820 departing passengers during peak hours by 2033.

The expansion will be critical in providing for the growth and ensuring good customer experience, “said the acting CAA boss.

He noted that there will also be expansion of car park to 360 cars on a long term basis.

“Someone going to board a plane doesn’t need to come with a driver while coming to the airport. They can park it for any time duration and find it when they return to the country.”

According to Dr. Mpango, some projects have so far been completed such as automation of the aeronautical information management system which has enabled automated management of flight plans.

L-R_ Acting CAA Managing Director Dr. Mpango together with Eng. Tusubira.
L-R_ Acting CAA Managing Director Dr. Mpango together with Eng. John Tusubira.

He also revealed that a new baggage handling system was installed and this can handle between 1200 to 1800 bags in an hour as compared to the old one that only handled between 500 and 700 bags.

Eng. John Tusuubira Kagolo, the Director Airports and Aviation Security in CAA says efforts are in high gear to persuade government to also fund works for airports and airfields in other parts of the country as a way of promoting tourism in the country.

“We shouldn’t deceive ourselves that many tourists can land at Entebbe and use road up to various upcountry tourist destinations. We need to develop those aerodromes, “said Eng .Tusuubira.

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