The construction by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) covers, among others, the construction of a new cargo centre, a new passenger terminal building, strengthening of the airport runways and their associated taxiways. It also involves rehabilitating and reconstructing the three aircraft parking aprons.
Works on the aircraft parking Aprons have not been completed
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
(UCAA) has said at least 75 per cent of the upgrade and expansion project for Entebbe International Airport has been done.
1.1 trillion Shillings expansion project was driven by the rising
number of passengers and cargo volumes handled at the airport and
the need to improve customer experience, safety, security and comply
The project was planned to be handled in two phases; the first running from 2016 to 2021 and the second ending 2023. Before
the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Entebbe Airport was handling
an average of 70,000 metric tonnes of cargo every year, up from 6,600
tonnes in 1991. Passenger numbers also grew from 118,527 in 1991 to 1.9
million last year, creating a need for the expansion to suit the growth in numbers and cargo.
construction by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) covers
among others, the construction of a new cargo centre, a new passenger
terminal building, strengthening of the airport runways and their
associated taxiways. It also involves rehabilitating and reconstructing
the three aircraft parking aprons.
Vianney Luggya, the UCAA spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network - URN that the works for the two runways and their associated taxiways have been completed. He explains that the repairs were undertaken on the badly affected areas on the main runway and a new overlay was done to improve on the structural strength of the pavements.
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second runway was entirely demolished by removing the existing concrete
wearing course and constructed with a new wearing course of 100 mm in
asphalt concrete. Luggya says that the works on the main runway was
completed on time after suspension of commercial passenger
flights at Airport during the COVID-19 lockdown.
said it was difficult to work on the runway at a time when several planes were landing and taking off at the same time. On average, Entebbe would have over 50 planes landing and taking off daily.
unfinished works include; the aircraft parking aprons, construction of
the new cargo complex and the new passenger terminal complex.
are now ongoing to strengthen and expand Aircraft Parking Apron 1 which involves the construction of additional parking space and the resurfacing of the existing aircraft parking apron. The additional parking space is to be equipped with floodlights and a fuel hydrant system. It also includes the extension of former taxiway Alpha to connect to former taxiway Delta.
the construction works for the new cargo complex are also ongoing. The complex is expected to handle cargo volumes of 100,000 tonnes every year. It will also have house cooling facilities, auxiliary business outlets and also a freight forwarders parlour. It is projected that the cargo volumes will increase to 172,000 tonnes by 2033.
Luggya says the construction work for a new passenger terminal has not yet started. The complex will have, among others, three aerobridges and a new baggage handling system, bringing the total number of aerobridges at Entebbe airport to five. It will also result in the demolition of the existing import cargo facilities, adjacent to the old passenger terminal.
end of 2019/2020 financial year, UCAA was expected to ensure works are
at 100 per cent completion for the new cargo commercial centre,
rehabilitation hospital works for Apron 2, resurfacing works for runway
17/35 and its associated taxiways and reconstruction works for Apron 4
(mostly used by the United Nations).
in January this year, UCAA officials told members of the parliamentary
Committee on Physical Infrastructure that the project was at an average
of 60 per cent completion and some of the works such as the main runway
would not be completed by June.
Nzoghu, Busongora North MP and also Shadow Minister for Works and
Transport, says the committee (physical infrastructure) needs to revisit the site to ascertain what is happening there. "We
visited the site in June and we were told that 48 per cent of all works had been done. So it is impressive that they are now at 75 per cent,"
the committee must carry out an oversight visit with technocrats to ensure the works are of quality and that there is value for money. Unfortunately, that will be hard because campaigns have already started," added Nzoghu.
Odur, the Erute South MP, agrees with Nzoghu. He says that 75 per cent
progress on physical works if true is highly commendable given that the
airport was looking dilapidated and giving a bad image to the country. I
hope that the quality of the physical works meets the standards
envisaged so that full value for money is realized."
who is also a member of the physical infrastructure committee, adds
that the committee has been concerned about the financing for the
project due to unstable cash flow resulting from the delayed release of
funds from the Ministry of Finance.