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Aviation Industry Registers Progresses in 2019

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Vianney Luggya, the Public Affairs Manager Civil Aviation Authority told Uganda Radio Network on Sunday Morning, that the progress is part of the 20-year National Aviation Master plan put in place in 2015.
Aircrafts in the parking Apron of Entebbe International airport.

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The Aviation industry in Uganda has reportedly recorded tremendous improvement this year, the first of its kind in six year. 

The achievements are documented in a report compiled by the Public Affairs Department of Civil Aviation Authority. It covers improvements in air Navigation services, expansion and repairs of Entebbe International airport and the construction of Kabale air strip and Hoima International Airport in the oil rich Bunyoro region. 

The report also shows that the regulator made strides in reducing carbon emissions, construction of a 4 lane search park to decrease traffic to and from the airport and registered an increase in the number of airlines operating routes to and from Uganda.

It also reports the resumption of operations of the Uganda National Airlines Company as a huge boost to the sector. According to the report, by November 2019, the number of people visiting Uganda had increased to 1.92 million up from 1.84 million registered in 2018.

Vianney Luggya, the Public Affairs Manager Civil Aviation Authority told Uganda Radio Network on Sunday Morning, that the progress is part of the 20-year National Aviation Master plan put in place in 2015.

 

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Currently, CAA is completing works on the construction of the 100,000-ton cargo center. The Authority has completed upgrading the Run way 12/30 at the airport. The Authority is also constructing the Passenger terminal to reduce pressure on the available terminal.

The authority is also upgrading the aircraft parking apron.  Well as the aviation body received recognition as the best aviation body with improved safety and security, the sector suffered a setback when an Ethiopian airline aircraft on flight number ET 338 with 139 passengers on board overshot the runway at Entebbe International airport causing delays in air transport movement.

 

John Ssempebwa, a tourism officer formerly with Uganda Tourism Board, says the improvement in the aviation industry has also led to increased confidence among different tourists getting into the country by air transport.

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