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Entebbe International Airport (IATA: EBB, ICAO: HUEN) is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, and approximately 40.5 kilometres (25 mi) by road south-west of the central business district of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.[4] It is the only international airport of Uganda. The headquarters of the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda have been relocated to a new block off the airport highway, but adjacent to the airport terminals.[5]

Entebbe International Airport
Entebbe Terminal.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of Uganda
ServesEntebbe, Kampala, Mukono
LocationEntebbe, Uganda
Hub for
Elevation AMSL3,782 ft / 1,153 m
Coordinates00°02′41″N 032°26′35″E / 0.04472°N 32.44306°E / 0.04472; 32.44306Coordinates: 00°02′41″N 032°26′35″E / 0.04472°N 32.44306°E / 0.04472; 32.44306
EBB is located in Uganda
Location of airport in Uganda
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,658 12,000 Asphalt
12/30 2,408 7,900 Asphalt
Statistics (2014/15)
PassengersIncrease 1,510,000
Aircraft movementsDecrease 26,886
Cargo (tonnes)Decrease 52,841
Source: DAFIF,[1][2] UCAA [3]



A Handley Page H.P.42 of Imperial Airways at Entebbe in Uganda, 1936

The airport was opened by the British Colonial authorities.

On 10 November 1951, the airport was formally reopened after its facilities had been extended. Runway 12/30 was now 3,300 yards (3,000 m), in preparation for services by the de Havilland Comet.[6]

The Old Entebbe airport is used by Uganda's military forces. It was the scene of a hostage rescue operation by Israeli Sayeret Matkal, dubbed Operation Entebbe, in 1976 after an Arab-German hijacking of Air France Flight 139 following a stopover in Athens, Greece en route to Paris from Tel Aviv. The scene of that rescue was the old terminal, which has been demolished, except for its control tower and airport hall. According to a 2006 published report, plans were made to construct a domestic passenger terminal at the site of the old airport.[7] The airport was partially destroyed in April 1979 when it was captured by Tanzanian forces during the Uganda–Tanzania War.[8]

Modernization plans: 2015-2033Edit

In February 2015, the Government of South Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency, gave the Government of Uganda (GOU) a grant of UGX:27 billion towards modernization of the airport.[9] In the same month, the GOU began a three phase upgrade and expansion of the airport to last from 2015 until 2035.[10][11][12] The entire renovation budget is approximately US$586 million.[13]

Phase I - 2015 to 2018Edit

  • Estimated cost of US$200 million, borrowed from Exim Bank of China.
  • Relocation and expansion of the cargo terminal.
  • Construction of new passenger terminal building.
  • Modernizing and improving existing passenger terminal building.[13][14]
  • Renovation and rehabilitation of "Runway 12/30" (the old runway), is expected to conclude in February 2019.[15]

Phase II - 2019 to 2023Edit

  • Estimated cost of US$125 million, not yet sourced.
  • Relocation and expansion of fuel storage facilities.[13]

Phase III - 2024 to 2033Edit

  • Estimated cost of US$160.5 million, not yet sourced.
  • Building new multi-story car park.
  • Construction of new control tower
  • Strengthen and reseal current runways.[13]

Expansion of departure and arrival loungesEdit

In April 2016, Minister of Works John Byabagambi launched a UGX:42.6 billion project to expand the departure and arrival lounges. The work will be carried out by Seyani Brothers Limited and will be fully funded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda. Construction is scheduled to commence on 1 June 2016 with completion expected in December 2017. This work is separate from the large expansion partially funded by the government of South Korea and People's Republic of China.[16]

Passenger trafficEdit

Since 2002, international passenger traffic at the airport has increased annually, except for 2009 when the Great Recession caused a small decline and 2014.[17][18]

Year Passengers Difference
1991 118,527[18]
1992 130,704[18] +10.3%[18]
1993 148,502[18] +13.6%[18]
1994 191,706[18] +29.1%[18]
1995 254,335[18] +32.7%[18]
1996 296,778[18] +16.7%[18]
1997 326,265[18] +9.9%[18]
1998 334,681[18] +2.6%[18]
1999 344,686[18] +3.0%[18]
2000 343,846[18] -0.2%[18]
2001 343,722[18] 0.0%[18]
2002 362,075[18] +5.3%[18]
2003 416,697[18] +15.1%[18]
2004 475,726[18] +14.2%[18]
2005 551,853[18] +16.0%[18]
2006 643,330[18] +16.6%[18]
2007 781,428[17][18] +21.5%[18]
2008 936,184[17][18] +19.8%[18]
2009 929,052[18] –0.8%[17][18]
2010 1,023,437[18][19] +10.2%[18]
2011 1,085,609[18] +6.1%[18]
2012 1,238,536[18] +14.1%[18]
2013 1,343,963[18] +8.5%[18]
2014 1,332,499[18] -0.9%[18]
2015 1,390,000[20] +4.3[20]
2016 1,420,000[20] +2.2%[20]
2017 1,650,000[21] +16.2%[21]
2018 1,840,264[21] +11.5%[21]


Passenger facilities include a left-luggage office, banks, automated teller machines, foreign exchange bureaux, restaurants, and duty-free shops.[22]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Aerolink UgandaMasai Mara, Kisumu, Bugungu, Chobe, Kasese, Kidepo, Kihihi, Kisoro, Mweya, Pakuba, Semliki[23]
Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro [24]
Brussels Airlines Brussels1
Eagle Air Arua, Yei
Charter: Apoka, Ishasha, Kasese, Kisoro, Mweya, Pakuba, Semliki, Soroti
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Juba
flydubai Dubai–International, Kinshasa-N'djili[25]
Fly-SAX Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Jambo Jet Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta[26]
Kenya Airways Bangui,[27] Kigali, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
KLM Amsterdam2
Precision Air Dar es Salaam[28]
Qatar Airways Doha[29]
RwandAir Juba,[30] Kigali, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta[31]
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[32]3


1: Brussels Airlines' inbound flights from Brussels to Entebbe make a stop in Kigali or Bujumbura.[33] However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kigali or Bujumbura and Entebbe.

2: In addition to nonstop flights, some of KLM's inbound flights from Amsterdam to Entebbe make a stop in Kigali. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kigali and Entebbe.

3: Turkish Airlines' inbound flights from Istanbul to Entebbe make a stop in Kigali. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kigali and Entebbe.

Airlines offering specialized passenger service to non-stop destinations
United Nations Humanitarian Air Service Bunia, Goma, Juba,[34] Kisangani,[35] Lubumbashi


Astral Aviation Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
BidAir CargoJohannesburg-OR Tambo
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo, Sharjah[36]
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum[37]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[38]
Etihad CargoAbu Dhabi[39]
Qatar Airways Cargo Brussels,[38] Kigali,[38] Doha
South African Airways Cargo Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta,[38] Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Uganda Air Cargo Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Chapman Freeborn[40] Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Ostend/Bruges
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
United Nations Humanitarian Air Service Rome–Fiumicino

Ground handlingEdit

As of March 2019, there were two ground-handling companies serving this airport:


  • In 1976, Air France Flight 139 from Tel Aviv to Paris via Greece (where the hijackers boarded) was hijacked and taken to Entebbe, and Israeli commandos rescued the hostages in Operation Entebbe.
  • On 9 March 2009, Aerolift Ilyushin Il-76 S9-SAB crashed into Lake Victoria just after takeoff from Entebbe airport, killing all 11 people on board. Two of the engines had caught fire on take-off. The aircraft had been chartered by Dynacorp on behalf of the African Union Mission to Somalia. The accident was investigated by Uganda's Ministry of Transport, which concluded that all four engines were time-expired and that Aerolift's claim that maintenance had been performed to extend their service life or that the work had been certified could not be substantiated.[43]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Airport information for HUEN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for EBB at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Uganda Civil Aviation Statistics". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. ^ GFC (9 October 2017). "Distance between Post Office Building, Kampala Road, Kampala, Uganda and Entebbe International Airport, Entebbe, Uganda". Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  5. ^ Google (9 October 2017). "Location of the Civil Aviation Authority Head Office, Entebbe, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ Movietone (10 December 1951). ""Africa's Largest Airport"" (Archived from the Original). Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  7. ^ Staff Writer (22 September 2006). "Mayor of Entebbe: Old Terminal will not be demolished". Israel Today. Jerusalem. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  8. ^ Honey, Martha (11 April 1979). "Entebbe: Tranquility Amid Destruction". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  9. ^ Kisembo, Didas (6 February 2015). "South Korea gives boost to Entebbe airport upgrade". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  10. ^ Nakitendde, Hadijah (23 June 2015). "NRM manifesto roots for aviation infrastructure expansion". Kampala: Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  11. ^ (May 2016). "Entebbe International Airport Expansion". Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  12. ^ Mugalu, Moses (31 August 2015). "Upgraded Entebbe to handle 3 million passengers". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
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  14. ^ Tentena, Paul (30 November 2014). "Entebbe airport set for $200m terminal". East African Business Week. Kampala. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  15. ^ Manishimwe, Wilson (29 October 2018). "Entebbe new cargo center to open next year". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  16. ^ Kafeero, Stephen (20 April 2016). "Shs42 billion airport expansion starts". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
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  23. ^ Aerolink Uganda (2019). "Aerolink Uganda Destinations". Entebbe: Aerolink Uganda. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  24. ^ Liu, Jim (17 July 2018). "Air Tanzania resumes Entebbe / Bujumbura service from late-August 2018". Manchester, United Kingdom: Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  25. ^ Staff Reporter (16 April 2018). "Flydubai launches flights to Kinshasa". Dubai: Gulf News. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Jambojet expands in the region to Uganda from January 2018". jambojet. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  27. ^ "Kenya Airways Africa Service Changes from July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  28. ^ Aviation Tribune (8 March 2017). "Precision Air resumes flights to Entebbe". Aviation Tribune. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  29. ^ Otage, Stephen (29 October 2011). "CAA Ready For Qatar Airlines Entry Ahead of Maiden Flight". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  30. ^ Thome, Wolfgang (2 August 2014). "RwandAir Set For Daily Entebbe-Juba Flights". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  31. ^ Situma, Evelyn (22 January 2015). "RwandAir To Start Entebbe-Nairobi Flights". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  32. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  33. ^ ROLC (11 June 2015). "Brussels Airlines W15 East Africa Service Changes". (ROLC). Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  34. ^ "UNMISS Has Resumed Direct Flights Between Juba And Entebbe". United Nations Television. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  35. ^ Thome, Wolfgang (18 August 2010). "UN Makes Entebbe Airport Regional African Peacekeeping Base". Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  36. ^ "EgyptAir Cargo Network". EgyptAir Cargo. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  37. ^ "Emirates SkyCargo Freighter Operations get ready for DWC move". Emirates SkyCargo. 2 April 2014.
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  39. ^ Baguma, Raymond (26 May 2014). "Etihad Launches Cargo Flight to Entebbe". New Vision. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  40. ^ "Chapman Freeborn Wins Air Charter Provider of The Year in Africa". Arabian Aerospace Online News Service. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  41. ^ Olanyo, Joseph (9 May 2008). "ENHAS installs CCTV cameras". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  42. ^ Vision, Reporter (21 May 2014). "Entebbe airport cargo handling firm gets EU nod". Kampala: New Vision. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
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