Gulu Airport

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Gulu Airport
Airport typePublic and military
OperatorUganda Civil Aviation Authority
ServesGulu, Uganda
Elevation AMSL3,510 ft / 1,070 m
Coordinates2°48′20″N 32°16′18″E / 2.80556°N 32.27167°E / 2.80556; 32.27167Coordinates: 2°48′20″N 32°16′18″E / 2.80556°N 32.27167°E / 2.80556; 32.27167
ULU is located in Uganda
Location of airport in Uganda
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,135 10,285 Asphalt
Sources: GCM[1] SkyVector[2] Google Maps[3] WAD[4]

Gulu Airport (IATA: ULU, ICAO: HUGU) is a civilian and military airport in the Northern Region of Uganda. It is 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north-west of the central business district of Gulu, the largest metropolitan area in the Northern Region. The airport is approximately 303 kilometres (188 mi) north of Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest civilian and military airport.[5]

The airport serves the city of Gulu, with an estimated population of 154,300 in 2011. It is one of the twelve upcountry airports under the administration of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA). It is also one of the five upcountry airports authorized to handle cross-border air traffic between Uganda and neighboring countries, in an effort to promote tourism within eastern Africa.

Eagle Air has regular flights from Entebbe International Airport on Mondays and Thursdays. As of October 2019, Sky Travel and Aviation also offers twice-weekly flights from Juba International Airport in South Sudan. Charter flights between Gulu and Moyo Airport, Arua Airport, and Pakuba Airport are also occasionally flown.


Dutch multinational company Fugro's airborne survey division was contracted by the government of Uganda to perform airborne geophysical mineral exploration surveys throughout Uganda between 2006 and 2009. To perform its duties in the Northern Region, the company based two aircraft out of Gulu with daily low level (80 meters above ground level) flights up to the Sudanese border.

In course of the air campaign of the Uganda–Tanzania War (1978–79), Gulu Air Base hosted Ugandan and Libyan military aircraft.[6]

During the 21 years of civil war between the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government, the Ugandan Air Force actively based from Gulu. Since the LRA rebel activity ended, the Gulu military presence has been reduced to a sizeable ground force with no aircraft, based around the military hangars[7] west of runway 35.


Gulu Airport terminal buildings

Terminal, fire and rescue, and transportation services are available. Fuel, immigration, and customs services are available on arrangement. However, weather service is not available locally.[8]

In 2010, the UCAA contracted with Gauff Consultants Limited for consultancy services for the development of preliminary master plans and detailed engineering designs for the airport for a price of about UGX:359 million.[9] Gulu will be re-designed into an international airport.[10]

In January 2014, phased renovation of the airport was commissioned by the Ugandan Minister of Works and Transport. The first phase involves resurfacing and lengthening the asphalt runway to 3.14 kilometres (10,300 ft) and widening it to 45 metres (148 ft) at a budgeted cost of US$4 million. The complete renovation will cost an estimated US$59 million and involves the construction of a larger passenger terminal building, a new car park, access roads, and cargo operations facilities. Other planned improvements include the addition of runway lights, infrastructure for fire and rescue services, and air navigation and traffic control systems.[11]

The Gulu non-directional beacon (Ident: GU) is located on the field.[2]

Airline and destinations[edit]

Airlines offering scheduled passenger service:

Eagle Air[12] Entebbe
Sky Travel and Aviation Juba[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for ULU at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ a b SkyVector - Gulu
  3. ^ Google Maps - Gulu Airport
  4. ^ Airport information for HUGU at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  5. ^ "Distance between Entebbe Airport () and Gulu (Gulu) (Uganda)". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  6. ^ "Tanzania Bombs Entebbe Airport, Damaging Runway". The New York Times. 2 April 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  8. ^ Uganda CAA - Gulu facilities
  9. ^ Gulu Airport To Undergo Modernization Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Plans To Create Gulu International Airport In Advanced Stages
  11. ^ Otto, Alex. "CAA Unveils Gulu Airport Master plan Execution". Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  12. ^ Eagle Air Schedule
  13. ^ PMLDaily Reporter (20 October 2019). "Gulu-Juba Flight Service Launched". Kampala: Retrieved 21 October 2019.

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