Entebbe International Airport is set to undergo a major expansion that will see the construction of a second terminal building worth $200 million.
In total, the $400 million ambitious project will also mean relocation and a new cargo centre, together with shopping mall. Half of the costs will go to the terminal.
Other features will include bag detection devices, inline security screening of baggage, construction of more aircraft bays, construction of another runway and six more commercial passengers check -in areas.
According to Uganda’s Transport Minister Abraham Byandala in a speech read by Dr. Rama Makuza the Executive Director of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) at the recently concluded Modern Airports Africa 2014 Conference in Entebbe the total expansion cost will worth $400 million.
The Modern Airports Africa Conference ran under the theme ‘Designing airports that drive your passenger handling capacity, attract international airlines and increase revenue generating operations’. Participants included experts in Africa’s aviation sector.
Byandala said the ultimate goal is to establish a City Airport for Uganda which is the trend of airports today.
“Owing to Uganda’s liberalized air transport regime, it is anticipated that the number of international passengers going through Entebbe International Airport will increase from 1.46 million passengers in 2013 to more than 10 million by 2033.
“Commercial aircraft movements and cargo volumes are anticipated to grow exponentially,” stressed Byandala. He said the forecast for upcountry airports in Uganda considers an even greater increase in traffic from about 1% to 10% of the commercial flights.
Eng. John Kagoro, the CAA Director Airports and Aviation presented the artistic impression, designs and plans of the new Entebbe International Airport where he said their target is to increase the annual handling capacity by 7%. The expansion will start in 2017.
“We expect to handle 3.1 million passengers in 10 years’ time and 6.1 million in another ten years. This necessitates the expansion,” he said.
Alexander Herring, the Managing Director Safegate Germany in his keynote speech said Africa is experiencing a large expansion in the growth of the travel industry which has provided a stimulus for investment in airport infrastructure in many parts of Africa.
He said this is in line with national governments recognizing the economic aantage of becoming a travel hub and the essential need for facilities that meet international standards.
“A modern airport should enable passengers to benefit from easier access to and from the airport. Infrastructure such as railways, roads and marine services enhance the airport rating,” Herring said.
African countries have ambitious airport expansion programs totaling $2.2 billion. Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport tops the list with an expansion and upgrade project worth $800 million.
While Entebbe nvolves a $400 million investment that of Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere International Airport will cost $200 million.
Cairo International Airport, the largest in Africa, will be expanded at a cost of $387 million and Zambia’s Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport and Mozambique’s Maputo International Airport will be expanded at $300 million and $134 million respectively.
Source : East African Business Week