Airport in Bunyoro will attract investment, Mbabazi tells CAA
Posted Tuesday, October 22 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- The Prime Minister, Mr Amama Mbabazi, has asked the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to construct an airport in the oil-rich region to boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
Speaking at the commissioning of National Aviation Master Plan in Kampala yesterday, Mr Mbabazi said an airport would ease transportation of machinery and people to the area.
“If we need to develop in accordance to Vision 2040, then we also need to have modernised means of transport. The oil region, which is going to attract many investors, needs modern transport. So expand your airport facilities to Bunyoro,” he said.
Mr Mbabazi also said since the country was voted the most popular tourist destination by the Lonely Planet last year, it needs modern means of transport to facilitate tourists to internal destinations.
“Let the air transport facilities expand to other areas in the country and not to only be confined in Entebbe. We want to be among the modernised countries and if that is to be effected, it will first start with the expansion of air transport services to areas like Nakasongola, Kasese and Bunyoro, so you need to act now,” he said.
Mr Rama Mukuza, the managing director CAA, said they were starting up a study on how to expand and enhance their services in the next 20 years.
Mr Mukuza also noted that they needed to first popularise craft services and draw a plan to ensure efficiency which will cope with the future demand.