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 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.