KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport has
recorded an increase of international and transit passengers,
with the figure expected to grow further, according to
Authority (CAA), the country’s air transport regulator, said in
a statement on Tuesday that while the airport recorded close to
1.1 million international and transit passengers during the
period January to August 2017, it has so far recorded about 1.2
million international and transit passengers from January to
August 2018, representing an increment of over 120,000
passengers so far.
“The figures are
likely to increase even more by the end of the year considering
that the last quarter of the year (October to December) is
usually busier in terms of air travel,” the CAA statement said.
The increase in the
number of passengers is attributed to the country’s recent
conclusion of new bilateral air service agreements with
different countries such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Switzerland
“Some of Canada’s
airlines are already having code-share agreements with
international operators to Uganda. Air Tanzania recently resumed
operations to Uganda and discussions are ongoing with several
potential air operators to Entebbe including one who plans
flights to the United Kingdom,” the statement said.
operators such as Emirates, Qatar and Rwandair recently changed
aircraft to Entebbe from smaller to bigger ones. Other airlines
also increased flights between Entebbe and other international
A total of 1.6
million international and transit passengers were recorded in
2017 and the air transport regulator is hopeful the number will
be surpassed by end of 2018.
developments, including increase in frequencies by air operators
and change of aircraft type from smaller to bigger types, show
the growth in Uganda’s air transport industry,” the statement
financing from China is upgrading Entebbe International Airport
to handle more traffic and cargo. The expansion includes an
extension of the passenger terminal, construction of a new cargo
center and refurbishment of the airport’s two runways.
Biometric verification exercise
registers 1.1 mln refugees in Uganda
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
An eight-month biometric verification exercise of
refugee numbers in Uganda has registered 1.1 million refugees
and asylum seekers, a drop from the 1.4 million refugees that
were previously estimated to be in the east African country.
The United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a joint statement with
the Ugandan government on Monday attributed the drop in the
number to among others death or spontaneous return of refugees
to their countries of origin.
The statement also
said the verification exercise cleaned up cases where there were
“There were also
some cases of multiple registrations by refugees at the height
of the emergency influxes of South Sudanese refugees between
mid-2016 and mid-2017, when registration systems were sometimes
overwhelmed by the sheer number and speed of arrivals. These
cases were identified and removed from the database,” the
the verification was completed in refugee settlements, new food
assistance collection procedures were rolled out by the UN World
Food Program, UNHCR and government.
“Under the new
system, each person receiving assistance is confirmed against
biometric data collection in the verification exercise. These
procedures mitigate the risk of fraud, ensuring that assistance
is well managed and provided only to verified, eligible refugees
and asylum seekers,” the joint statement said.
Uganda and UNHCR
ordered for the audit process in March this year following
allegations that some senior government officials mismanaged
funds meant to support refugees and inflated the number of
refugees in the country.
The UNHCR figures
then showed that Uganda hosted about 1.4 million refugees,
mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda