Hoima International Airport

Uganda Oil Refinery Hoima District The Observer (Uganda)
Hoima International Airport
Airport typePublic, civilian
OwnerCivil Aviation Authority of Uganda
ServesHoima, Uganda
LocationHoima District
Elevation AMSL3,510 ft / 1,070 m
Coordinates01°24′43″N 31°05′10″E / 1.41194°N 31.08611°E / 1.41194; 31.08611 (Hoima International Airport)Coordinates: 01°24′43″N 31°05′10″E / 1.41194°N 31.08611°E / 1.41194; 31.08611 (Hoima International Airport)
Hoima International Airport is located in Uganda
Hoima International Airport
Hoima International Airport
Location of Hoima International Airport in Buseruka sub-county, Hoima Uganda
Placement on map is approximate
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 11,483 3,500 Asphalt

Hoima International Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: none), also Kabaale International Airport, is an airport under construction in Uganda.[1] It is part of the infrastructure under construction as Uganda prepares to develop its nascent petroleum industry.[2][3] When completed, it would be Uganda's second international airport, besides Entebbe International Airport. The new airport is expected to facilitate mobilization of equipment for construction of the Uganda Oil Refinery and assist in the development of agriculture and tourism in Uganda's Western Region.[4]


Hoima Airport is located in Kabaale Parish, Buseruka sub-county, Hoima District in the Western Region of Uganda, near the Kaiso-Tonya oil fields and the Uganda Oil Refinery.[5] The air distance between the general area where the airport is being built and Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest civilian and military airport, is about 225 kilometres (140 mi).[6] Kabaale International Airport would sit on 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi).[4] The location of Hoima International Airport is approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi), by road, to the west-northwest of the city of Hoima.[7] The elevation of Kabaale Village is 1,070 metres (3,510 ft), above sea level.[8]


This airport would be a large international airport capable of handling large passenger and cargo aircraft, sufficient to carry the equipment and staff to develop the Uganda Oil Refinery and the oilfields.[9][10][11] The airport's main runway was expected to measure 3,100 metres (10,171 ft) in length.[12] Later, the length of the runway was lengthened to 3,500 metres (11,483 ft).[13]

As of February 2016, feasibility studies and the impact assessment evaluation were ongoing.[14][15] Construction was expected to begin in 2017, led by a consortium made up of Colas Limited of the United Kingdom and SBI, a Ugandan construction company.[2][16]

In January 2018, the UK lenders were identified as Standard Chartered Bank with guarantees from the United Kingdom Export Finance, with the two expected to lend €307 million.[17]


In February 2018, the government of Uganda selected Shikun & Binui, a construction firm based in Israel to construct this airport, at a cost of US$309 million. The construction which will be undertaken by Solel Boneh International Holdings (SBI), the international arm of Shikun & Binui, is expected to last three years.[18] The scope of work includes (a) paving 3.5 kilometres (11,000 ft) of runways (b) carrying out of earthwork and installing drainage infrastructure (c) pouring of cement and asphalt (d) building of electro-mechanical, communications and navigation systems and (e) erection of an air traffic control tower, a cargo terminal, additional residencies and service structures.[19][20][21]

SBC Uganda Limited, a joint venture company between Colas Limited of the United Kingdom and SBI International Holdings of Uganda,[22] started construction of the airport in January 2018.[23] The first phase of construction, including the runway and cargo-handling facilities, is expected to be ready in 2020. This phase is primarily to support construction of the oil refinery.[24][25] The second phase of construction, focused on the facilitation of passengers and boosting tourism and business, is expected to conclude in 2022.[24][25] The project is expected to create about 1,000 jobs,[26][27] 30 percent of which are reserved for the local community and the remaining 70 percent reserved for other Ugandans, with a small number taken up by expatriates.[28] Later, the completion of the first phase was pushed back to 2021[29] As of April 2019, work completed was estimated at 21 percent.[30] In October 2019, completed work had progressed to 31 percent.[31]

In December 2019, it was estimated that 34 percent of the work had been completed. At that time, a total of over 925 workers were employed on the project. Completion was estimated to be in February 2023.[32] In August 2020, completion was estimated at 45 percent. At that time, a total of 830 workers were on the job, with 30 percent recruited from Hoima District. 20 percent of the workers are female and 98 percent are Ugandan.[33]

See also


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