The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will soon launch a 20-year plan to make Uganda a tourist destination of choice, it was announced last week.
According to Works minister Abraham Byandala the new plan includes the expansion of the Entebbe International airport following the acquisition of close to 66ha of land for the extension of cargo, fuel and passenger terminal facilities.
"Entebbe airport is experiencing unprecedented pressure on its facilities and services. My ministry and the CAA have been laying strategies for continued quality services inspite of the capacity shortfalls," he said at Imperial Royale hotel.
The plan will also see the upgrading of Kasese, Gulu, Arua and Kotido airfields as well as the military airfield at Nakasongola. The plan is to be aligned with Vision 2040, National Development Plan and the National Transport plan and will be developed by consultant firm, INECO.
The chief guest, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi said the plan would act as a roadmap to develop Uganda's aviation industry: "It would be very difficult for a highly-technical industry like air transport to develop without a comprehensive development plan."