Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) acting managing Director Dr. David Kakuba has assured the general public and different stake holders that the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport is right on schedule and all the various projects being undertaken will be completed as stipulated.
Dr. David Kakuba who was addressing the media on Wednesday at the Entebbe Airport VIP Lounge revealed that some projects have been accomplished including the Automation of the Aeronautical Information Management System (AIS) which has enabled the automation of flight plans, notices to airmen (NOTAM) and electronic Aeronautical information Publications (eAIPs). This has led to efficiency and timely provision of accurate information and reduction in costs incurred by operators.
Other projects that CAA has also accomplished include;
A new Baggage Handling system (BHS) was installed in September 2016 by Vanderlande Industries B.V of Netherlands at USD 4.8 million. Unlike the old system, that handled
500 – 700 bags per hour, the new system handles between 1200 – 1800 bags per hour and has 6 extra check-in counters automated with enhanced security capabilities.
A new 400 KVA No-break generator has been installed this year to provide for a 24/7 power supply to the Airfield Ground lighting system and other navigation Aids to replace a 250KVA No-Break generator. Modification works on the VVIP facility by the China Nanjing International Limited has been completed.
The on-going projects include;
Upgrade and expansion of the cargo centre which will accommodate 100,000 tons of Cargo once completed. Cargo volumes have grown steadily at Entebbe International Airport from 6,600 metric tons in 1991 to 59,000 tons at the turn of 2016.
“On completion, the new 100,000 tones capacity cargo centre will be self-contained with an Aircraft parking Apron, landslide and airside access roads, cooling facilities, freight forwarders parlor and ancillary business outlets. It’s part of the USD 200 million loan to Uganda by China through the Exim Bank of China. Part of the loan will be used to re-surface the runways, Taxiways and strengthen and expand the Aprons under the China Construction communication company (CCCC)”, Dr Kakuba revealed.
The passenger terminal is being upgraded and expanded and once complete will handle 930 arriving passengers and 820 departing passengers during peak hours, by 2033 away from the current capacity of 410 arriving passengers and 360 departing passengers. The project being undertaken by Seyani Brothers (U) Limited and is fully funded by CAA from internally generated revenue.
CAA is also in phase two of the expansion of the long term car parking which will have an increased parking capacity of 360 cars. The project is expected to be completed in May 2017.
Dr. Kakuba also revealed that CAA is utilizing the USD 9.5 million grant extended to Uganda Government by the South Korean Government through KOICA to among others upgrade;
- To a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and Airport Operational Database (AODB) System.
- Implement an Air Traffic services message Handling system (AMHS)
- Improve flight procedures efficiency through Air Traffic Management
- Build capacity through training of Ugandans in Korea, dispatch of Korean experts to Uganda and provision of Education equipment.
“We had anticipated that by August Uganda Airlines would be revamped but unfortunately Government was constrained and we hope by December, Uganda Airlines will be flying in the skies. The return of Uganda Airlines is timely because it will help us promote Uganda’s various tourist attractions around the world”, Dr. Kakuba stressed.
Meanwhile the Director Air Navigation Eng. John Kagoro Tusubira revealed that CAA has improved and modernized most of the upcountry aerodromes and has partnered with the Tourism Ministry to ensure that Tourists enjoy their travel to the various upcountry tourist attractions.