KAMPALA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's Entebbe International Airport is set to accommodate more traffic with over 70 percent of its expansion project complete, a top aviation official said here on Sunday.
Fred Bamwesigye, acting director general of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) told Xinhua that the upgrade and expansion of the airport is carried out by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).
The construction included refurbishment of the airport's two runways, building of a new cargo center and an extension of the passenger terminal at the airport, located about 40 km south of the capital, Bamwesigye said.
According to the aviation official, the new cargo center's aircraft parking apron have been accomplished by 98 percent; the cargo terminal building -- 93 percent; the landside and airside access roads -- 90 percent; and the expansion of aircraft parking apron 1 and the extension of the taxiway Alpha have been completed.
"The overall progress for the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport is at 75 percent level of completion," he said.
To further boost the aviation industry, another 9.5 million-U.S.-dollar project is ongoing to upgrade the country's air navigation services and automate its international airport.
"All these initiatives will go a long way in improving safety, efficiency of airport systems and attainment of sustainability through strengthening of all resources available at UCAA," the official said. Enditem