Rwanda signs deal to build Bugesera international airport
Written by: Nsamaza Steven
Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 9:45
Rwanda has signed a major deal with the Portuguese construction firm Mota-Engil, Africa division to build an international airport in Bugesera at a tune of $818 million.
During the signing, the officials said the first phase of the project was to be completed by December 2018 with capacity of 1.7 million passengers per year at a cost of US$ 418 million . The second phase costing $400 million would expand the airport and raise the handling capacity to 4.5 million passengers per year.
According to a statement, the Rwandan government acting through Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings Limited (ATL) entered a joint venture with Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construcao Africa S.A to develop Bugesera International Airport (BIA). The agreement comprises the Financing Construction and Operation of the Airport Project, over a period 25 years with an optional 15 years extension.
Government says the project will enhance Rwanda’s economic growth and development through increased tourism as a Business Conference destination. The new Airport will serve as Rwanda’s gateway to the external World and will facilitate trade and investments and act as a hub for Rwandair’s growth strategy and other commercial airlines serving the region.
Finance minister Claver Gatete and infrastructure minister James Musoni, both present at the signing ceremony applauded Mota-Engil’s commitment to partner with the Rwandan government in undertaking this project.
The two ministers stressed how transformational the undertaking will be for the country and pledged the government’s full support for the success of the project.
Manuel Mota, CEO of Mota-Engil Africa, reiterated the commitment of his company to develop the project on the desired standards and lauded the existing cooperation with government.
“Bugesera International Airport is coming at the time when it is badly needed because we all know that the current airport capacity is not matching the growth of our traffic in terms of aircrafts, in terms of passengers,” said Minister Musoni.
When completed, Bugesera International Airport will become Rwanda's largest International Airport and the country's 8th airport. It will serve commercial flights destined to and from the greater Kigali metropolitan area and complement Kigali International Airport, which is now operating at maximum capacity with little scope for expansion.