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Kigali International Airport Expansion 70% completed





Current Capacity : 300 000 passengers per year

Current Traffic (2012) : 489 000

Projected for 2013 : 500 000

Projected with the expansion : 1 500 000


You can see pictures : HERE


Kigali, 2nd December, 2013-The Kigali International Airport (KIA) upgrade that has been ongoing since September last year is 70 percent complete.

After completion of an architectural design of the $17.8 project in 2011 by a British company, ROKO construction ltd was later contracted. The completion timeframe for the project was set at 15 months since September 2012, which will be achieved looking at the pace of the works. 

The upgrade was initiated after passenger numbers using the airport recently sky rocketed to 400, 000 annually. The number is projected to reach 500, 000 by the end of 2013 and 600, 000 by end of next year. The projections are made in relation to the increased rate of passengers since 2008 when they were just 280, 000.

Since the construction started, a number of 350 Rwandans both skilled and unskilled workers have been employed.

KIA was initially built to handle a capacity of 300, 000 passengers but upon completion of the upgrade the airport will be able to handle up to 1.5million passengers.

The expansion will make the airport terminal spacious. Movement will be made easy for both the able bodied and People with Disabilities (PWDs) with inclusion of escalators and lifts. The number of Check in counters will be doubled from the current 9 to make the queues shorter. Shopping experience will be made more luxurious with more outlets as well as refreshment areas and other services to make the airport a one stop center for both arriving and departing passengers.

The departure lounge has also been enlarged. The baggage area will be installed with another conveyor belt machine to increase efficiency of baggage provision.

On the airport’s landside, another automated outlet and parking area have been completed that will provide comfortable parking lots for numerous cars and quick exit to reduce queuing of cars during busy hours.



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