New Entebbe Airport terminal building opened ahead of NAM, G77 Conferences

Authorities at the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority and its subsidiary Entebbe International Airport have on Wednesday night opened the new terminal building, to be used in easing traffic at the Ugandan gateway ahead of the Non Allied Movement and the G77 + China conferences.

Both conferences will be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Uganda from January 15th this year. The Terminal building has been undergoing construction by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces engineering Brigade.

The new structure now, according to Col. Godfrey Tukamwakira, the project coordinator for the construction works at Entebbe International Airport, has the arrivals and departures terminals, targeting more than a million people in the next few days. “Eventually, we shall keep on upgrading until it gets to 4 million passengers,” says Col Godfrey Tukamwakira.

Both terminals have now been equipped with more space to further support easy handling of passengers who want to jet in and out of the country. A number of high end specifications in construction, with a canopy that serves all guests to be able to carry on with their activities even when it is raining, avoiding weather hindrances.

“We are going to continue working because we have three phases of construction. We have to continue beautifying, cleaning and complete work on the second and third floors, which we are already starting,” Tukamwakira says. Also, interventions have been made for people with disabilities to immediately use the terminal with ease.

Also, security has been beefed up at the gateway as the country awaits guests who will soon start jetting into the country for both the summits.

Government of Uganda, more than 10 years ago, acquired loans from the Export Import – EXIM Bank of China of up to USD 200 million to repair and upgrade Uganda’s major gate way, the Entebbe International Airport. Among the facilities to be upgraded under the arrangement included the passenger terminal, with the construction of the new terminal building, the runways, parking aprons, cargo center, Fuel Park, among other things.

Earlier, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi, the Security Minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, the Works and Transport Minister and the coordinator for the NAM conference preparations, also Head of Public Service Ms. Lucky Nakyobe were at the airport to ascertain the readiness of the facility to handle VIPs like the heads of states and government who will soon start jetting into the country for the conference.

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