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Reconstruction of Uganda's primary airport

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COWI's airport team has signed contract with CCCC (China Communications Construction Company Ltd.) for a USD 200 mill extension and rebuild of the main airport in one of East Africa’s most rapidly developing areas.

​Constructed in the 1960s, Entebbe Intentional Airport, Kampala, is an old airport and in need of expansion and reconstruction. In recent years, the country's fast-growing reputation as one of East Africa’s tourist and investment destinations, has led to increased passenger traffic with more international airlines flying into Uganda.

According to Senior Market Director for COWI Airports, Carsten Kærgaard, COWI is pleased to be part of Uganda's rapid development and growth on a project that consolidates COWI's position as a world leading advisor in aviation:

"This multi-disciplinary project supports the continued development of our business in East Africa and will involve airport specialists and designers from Denmark, Norway, India, Tanzania and Uganda.” 

A wide array of services

COWI is responsible for the planning and design of all stages as well as technical surveys for:

  • 20.000 m2 extension of passenger terminal
  • New 10.000 m2 cargo centre as well as apron and road access
  • Extension of apron for passenger aircraft
  • Major refurbishment of two runways including runway lighting
  • Renovation of pavements on remaining aprons

The initial planning and concept design phase will begin within the next couple of weeks and will run until the end of the year. 

COWI has previously successfully assisted Entebbe International Airport with design and supervision of repavement of runways and taxiways as well as rehabilitation of radio navigational and communication equipment.

Related to this project, COWI's Roads and Highways currently assist CCCC as consultants for the new expressway from Entebbe airport to Uganda's capital Kampala – a distance of 37km.

About Entebbe International Airport

​Entebbe International Airport, located near the town of Entebbe, serves the capital and largest city in the country, Kampala. The airport is served by airlines from across southern Africa, as well as some major international airlines from the Middle East and Europe.

In recent years, rapid growth in Uganda's GNP has lead to a massive demand for development of the country's infrastructure, including aviation.

Civil aviation authority statistics show that passenger traffic has been on a steady increase – from 781.400 in 2007 to 1.2 million in 2012. Over the next decade, passenger traffic is projected to increase at an average of 7% a year.

LAST UPDATED: 13.01.2017