Arua Airport

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Arua Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Arua, Uganda
Elevation AMSL 3,951 ft / 1,204 m
Coordinates 3°02′50″N 30°54′44″E / 3.04722°N 30.91222°E / 3.04722; 30.91222Coordinates: 3°02′50″N 30°54′44″E / 3.04722°N 30.91222°E / 3.04722; 30.91222
RUA is located in Uganda
Location of airport in Uganda
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 1,707 5,600 Unpaved

Arua Airport (IATA: RUAICAO: HUAR) is a civilian airport serving the city of Arua in the Northern Region of Uganda. As of November 2016, it is one of the 47 airports in the country.[1]


The airport is 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Uganda's border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and about 32 kilometres (20 mi) from the border between Uganda and South Sudan. It is approximately 375 kilometres (233 mi) by air north-west of Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest airport.[2] The coordinates of Arua Airport are: 03°02'50.0"N, 30°54'44.0"E (Latitude:3.047222; Longitude:30.912222).[3]


Arua Airport's strategic location makes Arua Airport an important center for passenger and cargo air traffic between Uganda and its two neighbors, the DRC and South Sudan. It the second-busiest airport in Uganda, after Entebbe International Airport.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Eagle Air Entebbe, Yei[5]

Planned improvements[edit]

In July 2009, the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda, which owns and operates Arua Airport, publicly announced that it had started to upgrade the airport to international standards. Plans included a modern airport terminal with capacity for 200 passengers, paving the runway, widening it to 45 metres (148 ft), and extending it to 2.5 kilometres (8,200 ft).[6] However, these plans have stalled since 2009 because of a compensation dispute with local landowners.[4][7]

These improvements are part of efforts to improve Arua Airport, Gulu Airport, and Kasese Airport to international standards. When these improvements are complete, Uganda will have four international airports, including the only preexisting international airport at Entebbe.[8]

Arua Airport is one of twelve upcountry airports administered by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority. It is also one of five upcountry airports authorized to handle cross-border air traffic from neighboring countries to promote tourism within Eastern Africa.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CIA (2013). "The World Factbook: Transportation - Uganda". Langley, Virginia, USA: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  2. ^ (16 November 2016). "Distance between Entebbe International Airport, Entebbe, Uganda and Arua Airport, Arua, Northern Region, Uganda". Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Google (16 November 2016). "Location of Arua Airport, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Felix Warom Okello, and Clement Aluma (18 July 2013). "Arua airport project stalls over land conflict". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Eagle Air (1 August 2014). "Eagle Air Scheduled Flight Times Effective 1 August 2014". Entebbe: Eagle Air. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Mugabi, Frank (9 July 2009). "Upgrading of Arua Airfield Commences". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Robert Ariaka (7 January 2016). "CAA Starts Compensating Arua Residents". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Wolfgang Thome (22 January 2009). "Wolfgang's East Africa Tourism Report: The Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority Gets Busy In 2009". Entebbe: Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Drisimaku Richard (12 July 2009). "Arua Airport Construction Begins". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Tajuba, Paul (30 January 2015). "CAA unveils master plan to create four new international airports". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 

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