Rwandan President Paul Kagame Launches $818 Million Airport

On Wednesday, Rwanda’s re-elected President Paul Kagame formally laid the foundation stone paving way for the construction of the Bugesera International airport in Bugesera district, Eastern Province.

The construction of the new International airport, with a passenger handling capacity of 4.5 million passengers a year will cost , according to the Rwandan ministry of infrastructure.

The multimillion dollar facility is expected to accommodate the growing air traffic as Rwanda is developing into a conference and business hub.

Speaking at the inauguration, Kagame said that the new airport is an essential component in boosting intra-African travel, investment and business.

In September 2016, the government of Rwanda signed partnership deal with a Portuguese firm to deliver the modern international airport.

According to the agreement, the Portuguese company is undertaking the project under a public-private partnership on a 25-year concession, with an optional 15-year extension.

Kagame said during the launch, “We are as determined as you are to see this airport completed and operational. You can count on the government to ensure that all the services and utilities required for the smooth running of the airport are ready in good time. The Kigali International Airport continues to improve in terms of infrastructure and service efficiency however this new airport will be better suited to our national vision”.

The airport is located 30 minutes away from Kigali, the country’s capital. Kagame has been lauded for leading Rwanda from a dark past towards a glorious present and future.

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