PHOTOS! Inside the New Entebbe International Airport Terminal


As the eagerly awaited Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Group of 77 (G-77) + China South summits draw near, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has unveiled the latest upgrade at Entebbe International Airport, promising to redefine the travel experience for passengers and dignitaries alike.

Scheduled to be completed and commissioned before the end of this week, the upgraded arrival and departure units, coupled with an expanded parking space, aim to enhance passenger facilitation, ease of access, and overall airport efficiency.

Departing passengers will no longer need to wrestle with their baggage from the parking lot, as they will now enjoy a seamless drop-off experience at the terminal building. Meanwhile, arriving passengers will be greeted with an expanded area, creating a more ambient environment for delegates and other travelers.

According to Mr. Vianney Luggya, the UCAA spokesperson, the upgrade includes enhanced aircraft parking aprons, significantly increasing the parking capacity. The airport can now accommodate between 60 and 100 aircraft, depending on their size.

The upgraded facilities, part of the National Aviation Master Plan, are set to be opened to the public this week, with the official commissioning date yet to be announced. The final phase of the project, involving the construction of a new terminal building connected to the current one, is expected to be completed in July 2024.

The NAM summit, themed "Deepening cooperation for shared global affluence," is scheduled to run from January 15 to January 20. Following this, the G-77 conference, with a focus on "Leaving no one behind," will take place between January 21 and 23. Over 1,000 to 1,500 delegates, including more than 70 heads of states from 134 countries, are expected to attend the back-to-back summits at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

In anticipation of the grand events, the UCAA conducted a comprehensive dry run on December 17, simulating the arrival and departure processes, ensuring seamless operations during the summits. Mr. Luggya emphasized the readiness of the airport, revealing that special teams have been organized to receive the NAM visitors.

The upgraded Entebbe International Airport is not only a testament to Uganda's commitment to hosting international events but also reflects the nation's dedication to providing a world-class travel experience for all passengers.

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