Entebbe International Airport is set to handle 3.5 million passengers annually by 2024, as announced by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) Director General, Mr. Fred Bamwesigye. The airport is currently undergoing extensive developments with substantial progress achieved so far.
Recently, Uganda underwent an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audit, resulting in a preliminary score of 72.17% for Uganda’s safety performance, surpassing regional and global averages. This reflects Uganda’s compliance with ICAO standards and its robust aviation safety system.
Mr. Bamwesigye highlighted several airport improvements, including automation and modernization, terminal expansion, and upgraded air traffic management procedures. Upon completion of these projects, the airport’s capacity will increase from 2 million passengers per year to 3.5 million by July 2024.
Passenger traffic at Entebbe International Airport has been steadily increasing as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19. In September 2023, the airport handled 171,306 passengers, with 87% recovery compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.
The UCAA is also reviewing the airport’s master plan and preparing for the ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme in January 2024, seeking support from the committee. Additionally, Entebbe Airport is set to play a significant role in hosting the NAM and G77 + China summit in January 2024. Mr. Bamwesigye commended the Parliamentary Committee on Physical Infrastructure for their visit.
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