The ongoing expansion of Entebbe International Airport is expected to create over 1000 jobs by 2021, when it is accomplished, officials have revealed.
Speaking to journalists during a tour of the progress of the works on Friday, Dr. David Mpango, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Managing Director said the jobs will be created directly at the airport and indirectly through services offered by various Ugandans.
“It is natural that it will contribute to reduction of unemployment levels by giving jobs to a number of people including engineers and other related fields,” Dr. Mpango said.
“Right now, the airport employs about 1200 but this number can increase 1600 when it is complete,” he said when asked by this website on the exact number of people to be employed directly by the airport when expansion works end. Another estimated 600 are currently working on the expansion project; in the various departments and this is expected to keep growing.
Under the expansion project, CAA is set to build a new passenger terminal building to increase the capacity from 250 to 450 passengers arriving and from 250 to 820 departures during peak hours.
The expanded Entebbe airport will also have a new cargo center handling over 100,000 tons from the current capacity of 59000 tons of cargo per year.
Asked about the number of locals employed during the expansion works, Dr.Mpango said that as required by government, 30% of the workers are locals.
“Consultants for the project are Ugandans led by Eng. Ssempebwa plus many other workers are from the local population.”
Effects of the expansion of the airport have started to reflect physically and according to Eng.John Tusuubira Kagolo, the Director Airports and Aviation Security in CAA, the number of airlines has increased at Entebbe.
“Business is increasing day by day. Precision Air which had stopped using Entebbe is now back. Air Tanzania have put us on notice that they are soon coming on board,” Eng.Kagolo said.
Officials from the air transport regulatory body said they are now trying to ensure that upcountry airports and airfields can be worked upon as a way of increasing tourism activities in the country.
“We are working together with Uganda Tourism Board and Private Sector Foundation Uganda to develop aerodromes in other areas like Kidepo and Kasese,” noted Eng. Kagolo.
He added that they are looking at getting non aeronautical revenue through facilities like restaurants and hotels which would be used by other people.
Entebbe airport, according to officials from CAA can be used by people who may not necessarily be flying in or out of the country, but as a place of recreation.
The mega project for the expansion of Entebbe airport will cost a sum of $200 million and is expected to be completed by 2021.
The expansion works are currently 22% complete.