Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is on its knees begging the traveling public to bear with the inconveniences caused by the ongoing works at Entebbe International Airport.
In an effort to create awareness and understanding about the ongoing works, the Manager of Public Relations at CAA Ignie Igunduura has been in the news in recent weeks trying to update the public about progress on the works.
Igunduura said: “We advise the travelers to always manage their time well because they will often be disturbed by the ongoing works at the airport. But CAA is trying to improvise and find means of sorting out the situation and we shall always work with the media to keep the public updated, ”
Igunduura said CAA has hired more guides ready to provide assistance to travelers in case of changes in schedules, walk ways and other changes at the airport due to the works.
The Entebbe airport expansion project was flagged off by President Yoweri Museveni in August 2015. CAA officials lauded the US$200m project largely being implemented by the Chinese company China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), as hugely important in as far as achieving their strategic objectives but also in towards helping Uganda’s attain its goal of transforming her economy.
According to CAA’s Masterplan, passenger traffic is anticipated to grow from about 2million to 7.5 million in 2033. The masterplan also envisions cargo growth to follow a similar trend to about 172,000 tonnes in 15 years.
The Chinese company has already embarked on building the cargo centre in Entebbe that will have cold handling facilities suitable for Uganda’s agricultural sector. The new cargo centre will greatly increase capacity from about just 55,000 tones currently to about 165million tones.
The remodeling of the departures lounge and the baggage handling system are expected to be completed in September 2016.