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Rwanda: Construction work for biggest airport begins on Wednesday

Rwanda: Construction work for biggest airport begins on Wednesday
(APA 09/08/17)
Kigali airport

APA-Kigali (Rwanda) - Construction of the Bugesera International Airport is set to be launched on Wednesday following an agreement between the government and a Portuguese construction firm Mota Engil in September last year.

President Paul Kagame is expected to be among the guests at the ground breaking in Bugesera District Tuesday.

The first phase of the project is set to be complete by December 2018 upon which the airport will have a capacity to handle about 1.7 million passengers every year.

On completion of the airport construction, the firm will run the facility’s operations for 25 years with an option to extend its hold by another 15 years.

The first phase is expected to cost an estimated $418 million while the second phase will cost about $414 million and will raise the facility’s capacity to about 4.5 million passengers per year.

With about 18 months to go to the project deadline, the Mota Engil’s bosses have previously said that they intend to fast track the project and have made provisions to have adequate staff.

Although the agreement was signed between the two entities last year, the firm had wait for a new financial year to secure funding for the project.

However, preparatory works in readiness for construction work including expropriation have since taken place.

The new airport is expected to serve the country’s ambitions such as establishing Rwanda as an East African hub.

With growing air traffic of other airlines as well as continued growth of national carrier, RwandAir, experts say that the new facility will come in handy to support the ambitions.

The urgency for the proposed airport saying it will help accommodate the ever-growing air traffic in a country that’s on its march to becoming a major conference and business hub.

This is not Mota Engil’s first infrastructure project in Kigali, the firm was previously involved in expansion and refurbishment of the Kigali International Airport, the country’s only international airport at the moment.

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