Entebbe International Airport is expected to be opened on October 1, 2020, according to sources privy to meetings between airport officials and President Museveni.
President Museveni met the COVID019 National Task Force at State House on Tuesday where they presented a review report on the opening of the entertainment industry and the airport.
“We shall be opening the airport anytime now, but most likely at the beginning of October or around there,” the source said.
According to sources inside the meeting, a number of issues Museveni has asked that be reviewed include; weekly markets, the tourism sector, and the airport.
President Museveni does not object to the opening of the report, except it should be done with specific SOPs in place.
Previous meetings between Museveni and Entebbe Airport officials have pointed to the need for purchasing among other items; Temperature monitor guns, health scanning machines, and enforcement of personnel as well as disinfectants for aircraft and airport space.
Civil Aviation Authority has recently defended the shs150 billion that its officials say is needed to allow Entebbe International Airport to sustain normal operations after being closed for over three months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
CAA insists that the money will enable the sustainability of air transport operations for the next financial year but not a precondition for reopening the airport.
“We are mandated to regulate air transport in Uganda, manage and operate Entebbe International Airport and other aerodromes and we derive revenue for the day-to-day running of activities, including infrastructure upgrade from air traffic in and out of the country. Suspension of passenger operations in March 2020 negatively impacted this revenue, which is used to sustain operations at Entebbe International Airport,” the Civil Aviation Authority said in the statement.
President Museveni will make an address to the country this week to make certain pronouncements on the opening of the airport, gaming centers, betting companies, and churches.