An artistic impression of the proposed Bugesera international airport
Following the recent showcases of new Rwandair aircraft to improve air transportation in Rwanda, the construction works of Bugesera International (int’l) Airport to support Kanombe airport in Kigali are underway. The construction is expected to be completed in 2018.
Bugesera international Airport located in Bugesera district in Eastern province, Once completed will become Rwanda’s largest International Airport, serving commercial flights. It is also expected to boost the country’s economic growth and development.
In early September, the government signed a deal with Mota Engil Engenharia e Construcao Africa SA finance, a Portuguese firm that deals in civil construction, port operations and logistics; to construct and complete the airport by December 2018 costing US$418 million and later run the facility’s operations for 25 years with an option to extend by another 15 years.
Upon completion of the first phase, in December 2018, Manuel Mota, the chief executive of the Portuguese company said that they will commence expansion works which will increase the airport’s capacity to 4.5 million passengers per year and costing an additional USD US$400 million.
The government eager to advance transport field. RwandAir’s new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the first in the East African region, places the country strategically for enormous benefits. Indeed, as it has been observed, it heralds a new dawn for not only RwandAir, but the country in general.
Bugesera International Airport Rwanda will suppliment a small Kanombe airport in Kigali, which the authorities believe cannot be able to handle growing traffic as the country emerges to become a travel and hospitality centre; also eager to advance transportation industry in the country.
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