A year after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion and upgrade of Entebbe International Airport, the first phase of the airport's baggage and technical buildings is underway, All Africa reports.
The new baggage-handling system is expected to be completed by mid-September. The new system is meant to ensure faster transit of passengers.
The new, faster baggage-handling system will use x-ray monitors to check and isolate any bags that may contain dangerous objects.
The ongoing expansion projects at Entebbe airport are being funded through a $200-million loan from the Chinese government. Museveni emphasized the importance of infrastructure development in boosting exports.
Other projects being embarked on under the first phase of the expansion include: strengthening of the main runway and its associated taxiways; expansion and strengthening of aircraft parking aprons and rehabilitation of the old runway and its associated taxiways.
The project will be executed in three phases in a period of 20 years and the first phase will be completed by 2023. The whole project is expected to be completed by 2033.