Kabalega International Airport Completion Delayed Due to Funding Shortage

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Kabalega International Airport in Hoima is facing yet another setback in its completion due to a funding shortfall, causing further delays in the project. SBC Uganda Limited, the contractor responsible for the construction, has revealed that the airport’s handover date has been pushed back by an additional 15 months, prolonging the eagerly awaited opening.

Originally slated for completion in June 2020, Kabalega International Airport has faced numerous obstacles throughout its development. Despite construction work beginning in April 2018, the project has encountered significant challenges, with financial constraints being the most recent hurdle.

In an update provided to a delegation of ambassadors and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, Amos Muriisa, spokesperson for SBC Uganda Limited, attributed the delay to a shortfall in funding. Muriisa noted that changes in plans for the airport’s control tower significantly impacted the project’s budget, necessitating a redesign and further resources.

Initially, a mobile control tower was proposed, but a decision was later made to construct a permanent structure. This modification required extensive redesigning, leading to a strain on the project’s finances. However, Muriisa expressed optimism, stating that the Ministry of Works is currently working to secure additional funding to address the shortfall.

“We are confident that with the anticipated extra resources, we will be able to complete the control tower and finalize the airport within the proposed 15-month timeframe,” assured Muriisa.

The completion of Kabalega International Airport holds great importance, particularly for Uganda’s burgeoning oil sector. Once operational, the airport will facilitate the transportation of essential materials necessary for the industry’s operations. Additionally, the airport is expected to serve as a vital hub for the transport of goods and personnel throughout the region.

One significant aspect highlighted during the project update was Kabalega International Airport’s readiness to handle large cargo flights. This feature positions the airport as a key aviation facility in the region, garnering attention for its potential to become one of the premier airports on the African continent, adhering to international standards.

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