Gisenyi Airport is slated for an upgrade into an international facility capable of handling both domestic and international flights.
According to Ministry of Infrastructure, by 2021, the improved Gisenyi airport will be fully operational. Currently the airport has only been handling light aircraft.
“Construction works will begin in September 2018,” said the State Minister for Transport, Eng. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye. He added that they are waiting for allocation of financing to this project in the forthcoming budget for the fiscal year 2018/2019.
Uwihanganye said that government representatives on Friday held talks with residents living near the airport and it was agreed that “By August 2018, Expropriation will be complete.”
Habyarimana Gilbert, Rubavu district Mayor said, “Only 97 residents haven’t been compensated but will receive their compensation money by August.”
Rwanda also hosts Kigali International Airport in the capital Kigali, Bugesera International airport in Eastern Province , Kamembe international airport in Cyangugu western Province.
Meanwhile, Minister Uwihanganye announced last year that government is also planning to set up the aviation centre to help in realisation of the country’s vision to grow and promote the local aviation industry, as well as increase the number of skilled local pilots.
“The work has already started and we are expecting to open the centre probably between February and May 2018. The Centre of Excellence in Aviation will train future pilots, aviation technicians, engineers, airport managers, and other in-demand professionals the industry needs,” Minister Uwihanganye said last year.
According to the Minister, despite Rwanda being a landlocked country, “It is important that we put more efforts in the aviation sector to be able to connect with other countries.”