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Aviation History In Uganda: Flight Through The 60 Years

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority head office

On October9, 2022, Uganda celebrated 60 years since the country’s flag was hoisted and the British Union Jack lowered on October9, 1962, ending 70 years of British rule.

The aviation industry in Uganda has registered key milestones over the last 60 years. Below are the key developments in Uganda’s aviation history over the years.

1927 – First flight landed in Uganda.

1936 – First Airfield established at Kololo.

1952 – Entebbe International Airport commissioned.

1962 – 27000 passengers at Entebbe Airport.

Passenger Terminal building at Entebbe International Airport 1963

1967 – Uganda became a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

1976 – RAID ON ENTEBBE: Over 100 hostages rescued.

1991 – Civil Aviation Authority established by Act of Parliament.

-118,000 passengers

-52,000 metric tonnes of cargo at Entebbe

2005 – Civil Aviation Authority Head Office commissioned.

2007 – The Airport facilitated CHOGM.

Arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip at Entebbe Airport for CHOGM in 2007

2017 – CAA scored 81.8% in an International Civil Aviation Organisation Universal.

Security Audit Programme and later received special recognition.

2019 – CAA Act amended changing name to Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.

  • Recorded 1.8 million international passengers.

    Aircraft parked at the Airside

2021 – Handled 64,000 metric tonnes of cargo and cargo operations shifted to the new cargo centre.

Part of the Interior of the expanded Entebbe International Airport Passenger terminal building

2022 – 5034 international passengers per day in August 2022.

Entebbe International Airport has over the years facilitated several high profile visits including two Presidents of United States of America and two Popes, among others.

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