Entebbe International Airport in Uganda has expanded its capacity to accommodate up to 70 aircraft for the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Group of 77 (G-77) + China Third South Summits in January 2024. Works Minister Gen Edward Katumba Wamala assured stakeholders that the airport has been enlarged to avoid the issues faced during the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The summits are expected to attract over 5,000 delegates, including heads of state from 134 countries, and the airport has undergone various infrastructure upgrades to ensure smooth operations.
- Entebbe International Airport can now accommodate 70 aircraft, expanded in preparation for NAM and G-77+ China summits.
- The summits are scheduled to take place from January 15 to 23, 2024, attracting over 5,000 delegates, including heads of state.
- The airport faced challenges during the 2007 CHOGM, prompting the recent expansion to avoid similar issues.
- The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has been urged to expedite ongoing works for a seamless passenger experience.
- Ongoing works include a new passenger terminal, VVIP parking area, additional aerobridges, and strengthening of infrastructure.
- UCAA Director General Fred Bamwesigye stated that the airport is ready to handle the expected influx of visitors for the summits.
- Uganda holds the NAM leadership until 2026, and hosting the conferences is part of its responsibilities.
- The National Organising Committee assures that the country is secure to receive international visitors for the summits.