The site for the ongoing construction of Bugesera International Airport has been so busy with heavy earth movers, technicians and bull dozers.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, this current first phase of the construction is scheduled for completion in the next 18 months. This means by December 2019, a sizeable part of the airport will be visible.
In August 2017, President Paul Kagame laid a foundation stone to flag off construction of this ambitious project that will completely change the economic muscle of Rwanda.
Upon completion, Bugesera airport will have a handling capacity of 4.5 million passengers annually.
“We are as determined as you are to see this airport completed and operational,” Kagame then said, adding, “I look forward to celebrating the inauguration of the new airport in the not too distant future,” he said.
The Government of Rwanda in September 2016, entered a deal with a Portuguese firm Mota Engil Engenharia e Construcao Africa to construct this airport facility located in Eastern Rwanda.
The First phase will consume $418 million and after this phase, extension works will be conducted at a cost of $400 million. The project will cost a total $818million.
According to Rwanda Development Board (RDB), visitor-arrivals by air account for 13% of traffic and generate 57% of tourism revenues.
In 2017 alone air arrivals generated $145million up from $135.2 million in 2016 and this represents a 7% increase.
Bugesera International Airport is expected to sour these figures with an expanded handling capacity of visitors.