Uganda’s Aviation Infrastructure
Uganda’s aviation infrastructure is strategically important to the nation because of the country’s landlocked nature. It is an alternative gateway to the rest of the world and provides the most efficient and quickest transport means to Uganda and from the country to the rest of the world.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) intends to expand the airport in anticipation of increased passenger traffic in the coming years. The CAA has purchased 66 hectares of land near the airport and developed a five-year construction strategy. The port expansion is expected to cost around Ush60 billion ($22.2 million) and will include a multi-leveled parking lot, a cargo center, and an aircraft maintenance center. This, however, will be dependent on the international airport’s priority needs as passenger traffic increases. Currently, over 20 airlines are landing at Uganda’s International Airport in Entebbe.
The Authority advises the government on civil aviation policy in general, as well as international civil aviation conventions and the adoption of measures required to give effect to the standards and recommended practices of the international air transport system.
UCAA’s many functions include:
- Operators’ licenses and flight crew
- It offers air navigation services.
- Coordination and direction of search and rescue operations
- Operators and aircraft are certified.
- Establishes, operates and owns aerodromes.
- carries out any other functions that may be delegated to it by the government or any other law
Entebbe International Airport
Entebbe International Airport is located astride the equator at latitude 00.020 North and longitude 320 East, earning it the nickname “Airport on the Equator.” The airport, which is 3782 feet above sea level, is part of a peninsular that borders Africa’s largest fresh-water lake, Victoria. Entebbe has a tropical climate all year, with temperatures ranging from 17 0c to 27 0c in January and a minimum of 16 0c to a maximum of 25 0c in July. Entebbe, the “Pearl of Africa,” is located 40 kilometers south-west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital.
- Soroti Airfield
- Tororo Airfield
- Kasese Airfield
- Mbarara Airfield
- Kisoro Airfield
- Lira Airfield
- Kidepo Airfield
- Gulu Airfield
- Arua Airfield
- Jinja Airfield
- Pakuba Airfield
- Moroto Airfield
- Masindi Airfield
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