Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is seeking more land to expand Entebbe Airport. This, so that Uganda Airlines can get its own terminal.
The request was made on Tuesday by a team from the Ministry of Works and Transport while presenting their Ministerial Policy Statement FY 2019/20 before the Committee on Physical Infrastructure.
CAA Managing Director David Kakuba said although the Airport is under expansion and upgrading, there is still a need to expand it so that the new Uganda Airlines gets its own runways.
Kakuba also appealed to the committee to ask Parliament to defer the passenger service charge/tax of 18 per cent on every ticket.
“Honorables, if Entebbe Airport is to compete with other airports favourably we need to remove the passenger taxes and the expansion will reduce the passenger’s congestion,” Kakuba said.
Meanwhile, according to the Acting Director Navigation and Airport Security, Ayub Soma the ongoing expansion and upgrade of Entebbe International Airport is expected to be completed by May 2021.
“The re-modification of Entebbe Airport begun in May 2016. So far, after four years, 50 per cent of the anticipated work is done. The airside expansion projects stand at 37 per cent progress, Cargo Center construction is at 51 per cent completion, the runway stands at 75 per cent completion while the apron is at 65 per cent,” said Soma.
Other areas under renovation include the security search park, a new intelligence security structure whose completion rate stands at 50 per cent.
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