The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is in the process of acquiring land and funds for construct of four internal airports.
The four airports are to be based in Kampala, Kasese, Gulu and Kabale districts. According to the CAA deputy Managing Director, Mr David Makuba, negotiations are ongoing with Buganda Kingdom over land in Lubiri to construct the city airport. “Last week the Katikirro (premier) of Buganda said they were ready to discuss on the Lubiri land but cautioned that there are many cultural and traditional attachments on the land in question,” Mr Kakuba said.
The CAA has been in negotiations with the Buganda Kingodm over the land since 2003 and are now broadening the spectrum and also eyeing Namanve.
On the upgrading and construction of the proposed Kasese and Gulu airports, CAA has engaged the Ministry of Finance and now awaits funding.
The authority also wants to develop an airport in Kabale District near Hoima to serve the Albertine Graben Region. “CAA is in advance stages of procuring a consultant to undertake detailed studies for the proposed project. The study reports are to be used in engaging the Finance ministry,” Mr Kakuba said.
Kasese and Gulu have airstrips which have authorisation to handle cross border air traffic. According to the proposed plans, Kasese and Gulu airfields will be turned into international airports after reconstructions.