Entebbe International Airport

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Entebbe International Airport
Entebbe Terminal.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda
Serves Entebbe, Kampala, Mukono
Location Entebbe, Uganda
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 3,782 ft / 1,153 m
Coordinates 00°02′41″N 032°26′35″E / 0.04472°N 32.44306°E / 0.04472; 32.44306Coordinates: 00°02′41″N 032°26′35″E / 0.04472°N 32.44306°E / 0.04472; 32.44306
Website entebbe-airport.com
EBB is located in Uganda
Location of airport in Uganda
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,658 12,000 Asphalt
12/30 2,408 7,900 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Entebbe International Airport (IATA: EBBICAO: HUEN) is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, and about 41 km (25 mi), by road, southwest of the central business district of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and its largest city.[3] The coordinates of the airport are 00°02'41"N, 032°26'35"E (Latitude: 0.044721; 32.443055). The headquarters of the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda have been relocated to a new block off the airport highway.[4]


The airport was constructed in 1928/1929: The first aircraft to use the new airfield were RAF Fairey IIIs of the Cairo-Cape flight which landed on the 900 yards (820 m) grass runway on 17 February 1929.[5]

Considerable extensions were planned, but for various reasons little was done until after the Second World War. In 1944-45 the main runway was bitumenized and extended to 1,600 yards (1,500 m).[6] Then on 10 November 1951 the airport was formally reopened after the facilities had been extended further: Runway 12/30 was now 3,300 yards (3,000 m), in preparation for services by the de Havilland Comet.[7][8]

History was made on 7 February 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II took her flight back to London via El Adem, Libya after being proclaimed Queen after the death of King George VI.[9]

The current passenger terminal building was constructed in the mid to late 1970s, together with runway 17/35; the old runway 12/30 was shortened to its current length. The Old Entebbe airport is now used by Uganda's military forces. It was the scene of a hostage rescue operation by Israeli Sayeret Matkal, dubbed Operation Entebbe, in 1976, after an Arab-German hijacking of Air France Flight 139 following a stopover in Athens, Greece, en route to Paris from Tel-Aviv. The scene of that rescue was the old terminal, which was recently demolished except for its control tower. In late 2007, a domestic terminal was constructed at the site of the old airport, leaving the new airport to handle international flights exclusively.[citation needed]

In February 2015, the Government of South Korea, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency, gave the Government of Uganda a grant of USh27 billion (US$10 million) towards modernization of the airport.[10]

Passenger traffic[edit]

Since at least 2006, passenger traffic at the airport has increased except for 2009, when the Great Recession caused a small decline.[11]

Year Passengers Difference
2007 781,428[11] +10.7%[citation needed]
2008 936,184[11] +19.8%
2009 928,754[citation needed] – 0.8%[11]
2010 1,023,437[12] +10.2%[citation needed]
2011 1,080,000[11] +5.2%
2012 1,230,000[11][13] +14.1%
2013 1,370,000[14] +11.4%


Passenger facilities include a left-luggage office, banks, ATMs, foreign exchange bureaux, restaurants, and duty-free shops.[15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Uganda aircraft parked next to Emirates Airbus A340-500 at Entebbe Airport.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 ground handling at Entebbe International Airport.
The United Nations Ilyushin Il-76 parked at Entebbe Airport.
South African Airways Airbus A319 taxiing at Entebbe Airport.
Uganda Airlines Boeing 707 parked at Entebbe Airport.
Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 747-400 landing at Entebbe Airport.
Iran Air Boeing 707 parked at Entebbe Airport.


Airlines Destinations
Brussels Airlines Brussels1
Eagle Air Arua, Yei
Charter: Apoka, Ishasha, Kasese, Kisoro, Mweya, Pakuba, Semliki, Soroti
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai-International
Ethiopian Airlines Juba,[16] Kigali,[16] Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi[17]
Fastjet Dar es Salaam,[18] Kilimanjaro[19]
flydubai Dubai-International
Fly-SAX Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
KLM Amsterdam2
Qatar Airways Doha[20]
RwandAir Kigali, Juba,[21] Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta[22]
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo
South Supreme Airlines Juba,[23] Khartoum[24]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk3
United Airlines Limited Adjumani, Arua, Gulu, Nebbi, Moyo, Pakuba


1: Brussels Airlines' inbound flights from Brussels to Entebbe make a stop in Kigali.[25] However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kigali and Entebbe.

2: In addition to nonstop flights, some of KLM's inbound flights from Amsterdam to Entebbe make a stop in Kigali. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kigali and Entebbe.

3: Turkish Airlines' inbound flights from Istanbul to Entebbe make a stop in Kigali. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kigali and Entebbe.

Airlines offering specialized passenger service to non-stop destinations
Airlines Destinations
United Nations Humanitarian Air Service Bunia, Goma, Juba,[26] Kisangani,[27] Lubumbashi


An Air Urga Antonov An-24, operating for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, taxiing at Entebbe International Airport
Airlines Destinations
Astral Aviation Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
BidAir Cargo Johannesburg-OR Tambo
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo, Sharjah[28]
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum[29]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[16]
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi[30]
Martinair Amsterdam[31]
Qatar Airways Cargo Brussels,[16] Kigali,[16] Doha
South African Airways Cargo Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta,[16] Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Uganda Air Cargo Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Chapman Freeborn[32] Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Ostend/Bruges
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
United Nations Humanitarian Air Service Rome-Fiumicino

Ground handling[edit]

As of May 2014, there were three ground-handling companies serving this airport:


  • In 1976, Air France Flight 139 from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked and taken to Entebbe, and Israeli commandos rescued the hostages in Operation Entebbe.
  • On 9 March 2009, Aerolift Ilyushin Il-76 S9-SAB crashed into Lake Victoria just after takeoff from Entebbe airport, killing all 11 people on board. Two of the engines had caught fire on take-off. The aircraft had been chartered by Dynacorp on behalf of the African Union Mission to Somalia. The accident was investigated by Uganda's Ministry of Transport, which concluded that all four engines were time-expired and that Aerolift's claim that maintenance had been performed to extend their service life or that the work had been certified could not be substantiated.[36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for HUEN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for EBB at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ Road Distance From Kampala To Entebbe International Airport with Map
  4. ^ "Contacts" Archived December 17, 2009 at the Wayback Machine Civil Aviation Authority. 17 December 2009. Retrieved on 28 January 2013. "Contact Information Head Office Entebbe International Airport P.O. Box 5536, Kampala"
  5. ^ "'Flight' magazine". Feb 21, 1929: 146. 
  6. ^ "'Flight' magazine". 23 November 1951: 650 & 651. 
  7. ^ "'Flight' magazine". 16 November 1951: 612. 
  8. ^ Movietone, News. ""Africa's Largest Airport"". 
  9. ^ English, Rebecca (6 February 2012). "To Her Majesty, all my thoughts and prayers are with you, Mummie: The message the Queen Mother sent her daughter as she flew home to become Queen". Daily Mail (London). 
  10. ^ Kisembo, Didas (6 February 2015). "South Korea Gives Boost To Entebbe Airport Upgrade". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Khisa, Isaac (27 January 2013). "Uganda’s aviation sector in 14.1pc increase In traffic". The EastAfrican (Nairobi). Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Kulabako, Faridah (16 November 2011). "Airline Traffic Building Up As Investment Interest Grows". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Khisa, Isaac (26 January 2013). "Uganda's Aviation Sector in 14.1 Percent Increase In Traffic". The EastAfrican (Nairobi). Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Khisa, Isaac (1 February 2014). "Kampala Rethinks Plan To Build Second Airport". The EastAfrican (Nairobi). Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Facilities at Entebbe International Airport". Whichairline.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Entebbe (EBB) Flight Index", Flightmapper.net, accessed 24 May 2015
  17. ^ Airline News (12 July 2014). "Etihad To Launch Passenger Services To Entebbe, Uganda". BreakingTravelNews.Com. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  18. ^ News (14 September 2014). "Fastjet Launches Only Direct Air Link Between Uganda And Tanzania". Thisday (Lagos). Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Fastjet Entebbe Operation Changes from late-March 2015". Airline Route. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  20. ^ Otage, Stephen (29 October 2011). "CAA Ready For Qatar Airlines Entry Ahead of Maiden Flight". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Thome, Wolfgang (2 August 2014). "RwandAir Set For Daily Entebbe-Juba Flights". Eturbonews.com. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Situma, Evelyn (22 January 2015). "RwandAir To Start Entebbe-Nairobi Flights". Business Daily Africa (Nairobi). Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  23. ^ Thome, Wolfgang (9 October 2013). "South Supreme Airline Commences Entebbe Flights". Etubonews.com. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  24. ^ Sudan News Agency (9 September 2013). "South Sudan Airline Makes First Entry Into Khartoum". Sudan Tribune Quoting Sudan News Agency. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  25. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/06/11/sn-eastafrica-w15/
  26. ^ "UNMISS Has Resumed Direct Flights Between Juba And Entebbe". United Nations Television. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Thome, Wolfgang (18 August 2010). "UN Makes Entebbe Airport Regional African Peacekeeping Base". ETurboNews.com. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "EgyptAir Cargo Network". EgyptAir Cargo. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Emirates SkyCargo Freighter Operations get ready for DWC move". Emirates SkyCargo. 2 April 2014. 
  30. ^ Baguma, Raymond (26 May 2014). "Etihad Launches Cargo Flight to Entebbe". New Vision. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  31. ^ "Martinair Cargo Fleet at April 2014". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  32. ^ "Chapman Freeborn Wins Air Charter Provider of The Year in Africa". Arabian Aerospace Online News Service. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  33. ^ Olanyo, Joseph (9 May 2008). "ENHAS installs CCTV cameras". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  34. ^ Thome, Wolfgang (11 December 2011). "Uganda aviation news – ENHAS loses out as CAA approves self handling for Air Uganda come January 2012". Wolfgang H. Thome's Blog. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  35. ^ Vision, Reporter (21 May 2014). "Entebbe airport cargo handling firm gets EU nod". New Vision. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  36. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Crash: Aerolift IL76 at Entebbe on Mar 9th 2009, impacted Lake Victoria after takeoff". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 

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