Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport has opened a new air cargo terminal that is anticipated to boost the east African country’s foreign trade.
The Chinese-constructed air cargo terminal is part of the expansion and upgrade of the airport, a $200m project financed by the Import-Export Bank of China, said China’s state press agency Xinhua.
Vianney Luggya, the spokesperson of Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA), the state regulator of air transport in the country, said the new terminal replaces an old cargo terminal that was originally a hangar.
Jiang Jiqing, the commercial counsellor at the Chinese embassy in Uganda, said the facility has the capacity to facilitate Uganda’s exports, especially in the agricultural sector, which is the country’s key economic activity.
Entebbe International Airport is the only international airport in Uganda. The Government of Uganda is in the process of a three phase 2015-2035 upgrade and expansion of the airport.
Air Cargo News has contacted UCCA for comment.