Rwanda is making significant strides in the construction of its ambitious Kigali International Airport project in Bugesera district.
After a few interruptions caused by design changes aimed at enhancing size and quality, construction works are now well underway, with the project gaining momentum.
The ongoing activities primarily focus on the main horizontal infrastructure of the airport.
These include the construction of runways, concrete works for drainage, earthwork platforms, aircraft parking areas, connecting taxiways, and internal service roads.
With each passing day, the new airport takes shape, bringing Rwanda closer to its vision of a world-class aviation facility.
Located approximately 40 kilometers south of Kigali, the new airport aims to be completed by late 2026, with an estimated budget of $2 billion.
Once finished, it will feature a sprawling 130,000-square-meter main terminal building capable of initially accommodating 8 million passengers annually.
However, according to Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL), the government-owned holding company overseeing aviation-related activities, this capacity is expected to rise to over 14 million in the future, reflecting the projected growth in air travel to and from Rwanda.
In addition to the passenger terminal, the new airport will also include a dedicated cargo terminal with a capacity of handling 150,000 tons of cargo per year.
This facility will facilitate the seamless movement of goods, further enhancing Rwanda’s position as a key regional hub for trade and commerce.
Jules Ndenga, the CEO of ATL, emphasized the transformative impact that the new airport will have on Rwanda’s position in the African aviation landscape.
By establishing itself as a vibrant hub, the country will attract more international airlines, encourage tourism, and stimulate economic growth on both national and regional levels.
Aerial images captured in the first week of May 2023 provide an exciting glimpse into the latest developments at the construction site.
These visuals showcase the progress made and the scale of the project, underscoring Rwanda’s commitment to realizing its ambitious vision for a world-class airport facility.
As the construction of Rwanda’s new $2 billion MEGA airport continues to advance, the nation eagerly anticipates the completion of this transformative project.
The airport’s enhanced capacity and state-of-the-art facilities will undoubtedly contribute to Rwanda’s continued growth and establish it as a leading aviation destination in Africa.
Black Wall St. MediaContributor