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Bugesera International Airport

Project Description
  • A project of the Government of Rwanda (GoR) to replace the existing international airport which has reached its optimum capacity and to improve trade links between Rwanda and the rest of the world
  • The new international airport will be constructed in Bugesera district, around 40km from Kigali city centre and with a number of attractive attributes
  • A basic plateau running to river valleys located North, East and West of the site
  • The river valleys are relatively deep (+30m)
  • The border with Burundi is located approximately 23 km to the South
  • There are no large tracts of forest, no major standing water on the site and no major cross wind problems
  • The airport will be built in three phases and will increase the country‚Äôs capacity of passenger handling
  • From 400,000 per annum to 1.8 million by the end of phase one (2030)
  • To 10-12 million by the end of phase 2
  • To 50-60 million by the end of phase 3
  • Feasibility studies were completed in March 2007. Second phase detailed technical studies are near completion by UK-based TPS consultants (who worked on Heathrow Terminal 5). A transaction advisor has been appointed and construction is expected to start in 2011
Expected Cost
  • Build access roads, runways, taxiways and airside facilities
  • Have modern energy efficient terminals, cargo facilities and control tower as well as structures and facilities that ensure that the airport can remain operational through extreme weather conditions, earthquakes and power outages
  • Will serve the needs of Kigali and expand into a gateway airport linking the Great Lakes region of Africa to the world, developing over time into a Central African hub airport
  • Facilitate growth of external sectors such as high value agro exports and service sectors through more frequent and lower cost air freight and passenger services
  • Direct and indirect employment generation for skilled as well as unskilled workers
Total Amount of Project USD 325 million (Phase 1)
Actions Required or Implementation Arrangements Public Private Partnership
Status The project has already received support from some multilateral development agencies
Contact Rwanda Development Board
Clare Akamanzi
Tel :+250 78830 1661
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