Of all the registered airports in Uganda, Entebbe international Airport is the globally known and most popular. But there are other small in stature airports - call them airfields that I thought are worth you knowing about.
Small as they may be, these airports in Uganda are handy depending on where you plan to go and what you will be doing in Uganda - especially if you have to get to some of the tourist destinations in Uganda.
Based on the volume of traffic to these airports, they are not any where near international recognition but play a very vital role in Uganda's aviation.
Having said that, let's look at each of them;
It's located in the town of Kasese in Western Uganda at the foot hills of Rwenzori Mountains and close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
It's about 260km west of Entebbe and it's under the administration of the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda (CAA).
It handles cross border air traffic from member countries of the East African Community as an effort to promote tourism in East Africa.
The Airstrip is 3,146 feet above sea level and has a single unpaved runway of about 1.6 km long.
Plans are underway to renovate and improved the runway to about 2.5km but also widen the surface. The runway will also be converted from grass to tarmac, a terminal building and fuel storage facilities constructed and a control tower elected, adding to the regional stature of airports in Uganda.
Customs and immigration facilities will be improved as well as cargo storage warehouses. And with all improvements and renovations done, the airstrip will be transformed into regional and International standards. When this will be effected? - I can't tell!
Built in 1959, It is about 3km northwest of Gulu town and about 300 km, by air north of Entebbe. It serves the city of Gulu and handles cross-border air traffic from the neighbouring countries.
The airstrip has a single paved tarmac runway of about 3.1km. Unfortunately it lacks airplane refuelling facilities and no customs service.
It operates a small terminal and is basically used for crash assistance and fire service which is at hand 8am - 5pm with a mobile air traffic Control Centre.
It's under the administration of the Civil Aviation Authority too and the Government of Uganda uses it as a base for geophysical mineral exploration surveys and as a base for military air force.
Eagle Air has regular flights from Entebbe to Gulu.
Plans are underway to redesign and upgrade it to one of the airports in Uganda that are upto international status.
It's located in Moyo town, close to the border with the Southern Sudan.
It's about 400km, by air north of Entebbe.
The landing strip has a single unpaved runway of about 1.2km long.
It's a small civilian landing strip that serves Moyo town and is more often used for emergency relief distribution and other private chartered flights. Unfortunately, there are currently no scheduled airline services here.
It's not yet under the administration of the Civil Aviation authority of Uganda.
It is located in Arua town close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Southern Sudan.
It's about 370km, by air northwest of Entebbe and has a single unpaved runway of about 1.7km long.
It is the second busiest airport in Uganda because of its strategic location as a business centre in the north. It serves both commercial cargo and passenger air traffic between Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Southern Sudan.
Eagle Air operates regular flights to and from Entebbe airport.
Renovations and upgrade is going on to improve the landing strip to international standards. This will see the construction of a modern terminal with a capacity to handle at least 200 passengers and the runway will be given a new look of tarmac, lengthened and widened.
It is one of the other airports in Uganda that are by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda.
It's located in Pakuba in Amuru district in northern Uganda.
It's about 275km by air, northwest of Entebbe.
It's a small airstrip that only serves the Murchision Falls National Park and handles cross-border air traffic from member countries of the East African Community as part of an effort to promote tourism in the region.
It's more often chartered flights to the National park that fly here.
Located in Soroti town, in eastern Uganda, the airstrip is about 230km, by air, northeast of Entebbe.
The landing strip has 2 paved runways with the longest at 1.8km long.
The Airstrip was originally built as a training school for the British Overseas Airways Corporation in the 1940s to train their pilots in tropical weather flying techniques. And later used by the East African Flying Academy to train pilots from the East African Community.
Today it's called the Soroti Flying School and is run by the East African Civil Aviation Academy as a training base.
It's about 20km north of Entebbe and about 16km south of Kampala. It's off the Entebbe - Kampala highway.
It's 1,180 metres above sea level and sits on the shores of Lake Victoria with a single unpaved runway of about 1.1km.
It's owned and run by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), an international Christian humanitarian relief and development organisation.
It is under private administration and not run by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda.
The Kampala Aeroclub and Flight Training Centre (KAFTC)uses the airfield to offer flying lessons but also for air charters to various parts of Uganda, particularly the National Game Parks.
Ndege Juu Ya Africa also uses the airfield to offer aerobatic flights and aerial advertising
It might interest you to know the other lesser known airports in Uganda - perhaps more of airfields or strips for that matter; Kabalega falls airport, Bundibujo airport, Tororo airport, and Jinja airport. Most of these are local airports that are mostly of interest to pilots for training humanitarian relief delivery and private planes.
It is optimistic times for the thought of expanding many of these airports in Uganda ... but the interesting one will be the Kampala International airport (still very much in the infancy stage) - keep it here and I will keep you posted on the developments ...
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