Information received while in Kenya this week shows a further rise in passenger numbers for Entebbe International Airport during 2013, with figures for the first time rising above the one million mark with 1.025.391 compared to 964.274 the previous year. Notably have domestic passenger numbers nearly doubled, the first time in over a decade that figures have risen again after a constant decline in local passengers. Here the 2013 figure reached 21.448, up from just 13.464.
The figures were presented to the 9th Joint Transport Sector Review earlier in the week in Kampala by Dr. Rama Makuza, CEO of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.
Also up were aircraft movements overall from 22.370 to 23.091 indicating that the number of flights has risen besides airlines switching to larger aircraft to cater for growing passenger numbers.
The capital Kampala, besides access to the international airport in Entebbe – a new four lane highway is being constructed to cut down on traffic delays – can also use the Mission Aviation Fellowship owned Kajjansi airfield, located just 15 kilometres outside the city, which is also the home base of the Kampala Aero Club and Ndege Juu. It is from there that the Aero Club operates its domestic charter and scheduled coach services while Aerolink, a sister company to Air Kenya, operates their domestic flights and charters from the main airport in Entebbe.