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Entebbe International Airport is the major international airport serving the country of Uganda. Entebbe International is located near the town of Entebbe, and serves the capital and largest city in the country, Kampala. Entebbe is also the country's largest military base. The airport is served by airlines from across southern Africa, as well as some major international airlines from the Middle East and Europe.
Location of Entebbe Airport, Uganda
Ground Handlers servicing Entebbe Airport
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It has been said that if Uganda’s infrastructure were to be improved, its resources could feed the entire African continent. Instead, the nation is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. However the potential for further development is undeniably present, and this is what has drawn large international airlines to enter the market. British Airways, Emirates, EgyptAir, KLM and South African Airways have been in the market for years, but it is the entry of Middle Eastern carriers such as Gulf Air and Qatar Airways in Oct-2011 through Dec-2011 that is boosting the nation’s aviation standing.
The country’s main international airport in Entebbe expects to break 1.5 million passengers in 2011 due to these services and is undergoing extensive improvement work to attract more carriers. The Ugandan Government approved the right for foreign investors to develop the airport, which will likely see a consortium of Middle Eastern developers take interest. The country’s designated national carrier, Air Uganda, is improving its offering as well, and is on course to launch domestic and more international services under its turnaround business plan.
EgyptAir Holding company Chairman and CEO, Hussein Massoud, stated the carrier plans to increase full-year profits by nearly a third, commenting that the carrier is currently “making a profit", and adding: "We are planning to see more this year”. The company is targeting a USD132 million profit in the 12 months to Jun-2011, a 31% year-on-year increase.
Turkish Airlines (THY) is being encouraged to launch services between Istanbul and Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. It is not the first time that the airline has been linked to new African services but on this occasion comes the admission there is a wider agenda involving trade and specifically mining and energy. Could Turkey be about to emulate China, which has been flooding the African continent with executive manpower - especially where there are sparse resources to be mined - using essential air transport as bait?
It isn’t often that Africa is in the news for developments at its airports, but there has been a spate of activity recently that demonstrates just how quickly airlines and investors alike are reappraising the value to them of the continent. To set the matter in context, what exactly would potential investors in Africa’s airports be looking for? It is a sobering thought that Africa’s slice of international investment generally is still only around 2.5%, and of private investment, about 1%. (An extract from CAPA's forthcoming African Aviation Outlook Report)
The Ugandan Government is reportedly soon to hand over management of Entebbe International Airport to Singapore’s Changi Airports International (CAI) under a ten-year concession, following government approval of CAI’s investment plan. The government stated it hopes CAI will improve facilities and service at the airport. Although Turkey’s TAV Airports Holding is active in North Africa, and Houston Airport System has some management contracts across the continent, along with various Russian and Chinese government schemes, this is the first time a real airport heavyweight has put its faith in Africa. And it comes just as a ‘heavyweight country’, Nigeria, again indicates that it wishes to offer concession agreements, possibly involving the private sector, at its main airports.