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Hoima International Airport will be the second international airport in Uganda after Entebbe upon completion. It is an important infrastructure for the oil sector in Uganda, expected to facilitate the construction of the national oil refinery in Hoima and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) that will connect to Tanga in Tanzania. It sits on six square miles of land.
Construction works ongoing at the Airport.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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The local business community in Kabaale Parish, Hoima district is cashing in on the ongoing Construction of Hoima International Airport. 

The construction works kicked off in April 2018 after the government acquired a loan of USD 309 million (about 1.1 trillion Shillings) from Standard Chartered Bank and UK Export Finance for the first phase of the project. The construction works currently stand at 45 per cent.

The project, being executed by SBC Uganda Limited-a joint venture company between UK’s Colas Limited and Shikun and Binui namely SBI International Holdings AG, is expected to be complete by 2023. 

But even before its completion, the airport project is already changing lives in the areas of Nyamasoga, Buseruka, Kabaale, Nyakasenene and Kigaaga villages. Several general merchandise shops, restaurants, salons, supermarkets and rental units, among others, have sprung up in the neighbourhood to serve the workers at the airport.  

Joseph India, a trader who operates a retail shop in Kabaale village says that business is booming mainly because of the increasing population in the area.

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Justus Balyesiima, a resident of Nyamasoga village owns rental units. Balyesiima says he is already benefiting from the airport construction since his 15 rental units are all occupied.

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Proscovia Kasemiira migrated from Hoima City to establish a restaurant in Nyamasoga near the Airport construction site. According to Kasemiira, she earns at least 200,000 Shillings on average each day from the workers at the airport who eat at her restaurant. 

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Jamil Kiyimba, a resident of Hoima City also migrated to the area and established a boutique. Kiyimba says he has been able to expand his shop, something he wouldn’t have been able to achieve if he had remained in Hoima.  

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Ali Tinkamanyire, the Buseruka Sub-county LCIII Chairperson, says residents have benefited immensely since the construction of the airport started. He calls on residents of Kabaale and Buseruka sub-counties and the entire Bunyoro to prepare to benefit from the various government projects in the area.  

Hoima International Airport will be the second international airport in Uganda after Entebbe upon completion. It is an important infrastructure for the oil sector in Uganda, expected to facilitate the construction of the national oil refinery in Hoima and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) that will connect to Tanga in Tanzania. It sits on six square miles of land.

The airport is strategically located within the 29 square miles of Kabaale industrial park that will host the national refinery and various industrial and commercial complexes.  It is being built in full compliance with the international standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as Category 4F, with the capacity of handling large cargo planes such as the Boeing B747-800 and Antonov AN124.  

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