A twenty-year aviation plan will need investment of $400m.
Four new international airports will be constructed in Uganda within the next 20 years with the aim of boosting the growth of tourism, air travel and the industrial sector.
According to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the 20 year Aviation Master Plan (2014-2034) launched in late January, will see international airports established in Arua (West Nile), Pakuba in Murchison Falls National Park, Kabaale oil region in Hoima and Kasese in Western Uganda.
The Master Plan that was carried out by Spanish Consultants MS INECO will cost about $400m. This will include the $200m earmarked for the renovation of Entebbe International Airport with the construction of two more terminal buildings, cargo handling facility, re-tarmacking of the runways and putting self-service check-in counters.
Dr. Rama Makuza, the CAA Managing Director said with the expected 7.5% growth in air transport, the country cannot wait to be caught off guard by the growing numbers. He said they expect about 7.6m passengers to use the different airport facilities by 2034. Currently, Entebbe Airport handles 2m passengers with capacity to land a Boeing 747/400, East African Business Week reported.
Makuza said Arua International Airport will be fitted with all the necessary requirements to land an Airbus A380. Apart from the Entebbe Expansion project, where the government will solicit and fully fund it, the four new international airports will be developed under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement.