Rwanda to Upgrade Kigali Airport

16 May 2011 (Last Updated May 16th, 2011 18:30)

The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced plans to upgrade parts of the Kigali International Airport (KIA). The $14m project involves building more airport facilities including escalators and lifts, the extension and separation of terminals for departure and arrival as we

The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced plans to upgrade parts of the Kigali International Airport (KIA).

The $14m project involves building more airport facilities including escalators and lifts, the extension and separation of terminals for departure and arrival as well as adding a new business class lounge.

CAA is also planning to add eight new check-in desks and install a new baggage belt to handle 150 bags per unit time, up from 80 bags.

The airport authority also intends to construct a parking area for two large-bodied aircrafts with the capacity to carry over 100 passengers.

UK-based TPS has submitted bids for carrying out the project and the tender process is expected to continue for another three months.

The government-funded project comes ahead of the proposed construction of new airport Bugesera International, which will be located in the Eastern Province, according to The New Times.