Entebbe – In a bid to ease screening of people entering and leaving Entebbe international airport, Civil Aviation Authority – CAA has embarked on the high-tech upgrade of security Search Park at the airport.
TND News Uganda can now authoritatively reveal that CAA has already commenced on the expansion. The new development is worth at least US$1.2 million.
CAA official told this news website that the security search park will cost not less than Uganda shillings 4.7 billion.
According to David Kakuba, the Managing Director, Civil Aviation Authority, the expansion work is expected to be completed in May next year .
The CAA says it will also start installing the state of the art technology once the expansion work is done to enable security team to easily monitor people who leave and enter the airport.
The upgrade is also aimed at reducing the time people [travelers] spend at security check points.
Mr Kakuba also expects the new changes to improve on the safety and security of travelers and their property.
“The project is in phases. Now the civil works project is going to cost us 4.7 billion shillings. After that we are now going to work hand in hand with our security counterparts such that whoever comes in are screened there,” Mr Kakuba said.
The search park has also been extended about a kilometer away from the airport gate, according to Vianney Luggya, the CAA Public Affairs Manager.
“The extended park will be 450 meters wide so as to manage the congestion since the number of travelers to and from the country increased to 1.62 million people in 2017 from 1.1 million people in 2016,” Vianney revealed.
“The security park will also provide enough shelter for travelers,” he added.
The director airports and aviation security, Ayub Sooma says IBB Construction Company has been contracted to construct the security search park.
Reporting by Jackson Quest and Frank Oyugi