NOTE: The main airport in Uganda, Entebbe International Airport, is currently undergoing an expansion development in order to address the country’s growing passenger and cargo traffic.
Entebbe International Airport (IATA: EBB, ICAO: HUEN) is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is located about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the town of Entebbe, on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. This is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) by road south-west of the central business district of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda
Location and Climate
Entebbe International Airport lies astride the equator at latitude 00.020 North and longitude 320 East, for which reason it has often been described as the “Airport on the Equator”.
Elevated at 3782 feet above sea level, the airport is part of a peninsular bordering Africa’s biggest fresh-water-lake, Victoria.
Entebbe has a tropical climate all year round, ranging from between temperature of 17 0c and max of 27 0c in January and a min 16 0c, max 25 0c in July. The gateway to the “Pearl of Africa”, Entebbe is 40 Kilometers South West of Kampala City, Uganda’s Capital
History of Entebbe International Airport
Uganda first witnessed a civil Aviation motorized aircraft in its space in the early 30s when “a flying boat” landed at Port bell, south east of Kampala on the shores of lake Victoria to deliver mail. The mail delivery service had earlier started in neighboring Kenya in 1929 by Wilson Air ways. The service facilitated communication between the colonial centers in the region.
The excitement generated by faster transport led to the creation of Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) in 1949 to over sees Civil Aviation activities in East Africa. In 1947 Entebbe was identified as the most suitable location for the country’s airport.
Entebbe was not only a bastion of the colonial structure in Uganda, it also provided easy navigation across the lake. Air Navigation services were at the time done through rudimentary technology. The airport at Entebbe was commissioned in 1951 with the splendor and presence of the Queen of England.
Services & Facilities
Visit the Entebbe International Airport
Civil Aviation Authority welcomes visitors to the airport. Several study/educational school tours are conducted every year. The tours are part of CAA’s career development for the school-going and for imparting information to the general public, about the aviation industry. If you are plan to tour the Airport, you may contact the CAA Customer care desk on Tel: +256 312/414 353000 ext. 3323, 2210,3057, 3286
Flight Information Display boards and Customer Care desks are conveniently located in the passenger terminal building. Information can be obtained from boards and screens. For detailed information please contact airline offices, passenger handling companies or the information desk on Tel. +256 312/414 353000 ext 3323, 2210, 3057, 3286
Check-in Area and Airlines
The check-in area is located on the departures floor. Airline regulations require passengers to check in by certain times prior to the departure of a flight. Check-in desks open three (3) hours prior to flight departure and close promptly 45 minutes before flight departure. The check in process enables passengers to confirm their respective flight, obtain a boarding pass, possibly select their seat (if it hasn’t happened already by the airline) and check in luggage onto a plane if desired. The items needed for check-in counter check in are passport, paper ticket or confirmation number of an online ticket.
Car Rental Desks
Travel to the airport in style, You can hire a self-driven or chauffeur – driven car on arrival at Entebbe or hire a taxi to your destination.
Companies providing this service will give you the details on the telephone numbers indicated below. Car hire service to any destination is negotiable.
In case of taxi hire, arriving passengers are advised to look out for genuine taxi operators whose cars are clearly marked with a yellow Airport Taxi label.
Civil Aviation Authority handles a variety of cargo through Entebbe International Airport on a 24 hour day basis.
Ground Handling Companies
DAS Handling Limited
Has experience in ground handling at Entebbe International Airport where its headquarters are located. Contacts are: +256 312 320600 and +256 414 321296, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Aviation Services (NAS) formerly Entebbe Handling Services
Is an Airport ground handling company based in Uganda. Contacts are : +256 414 321446, +256 414 321307 Email:email@example.com
Fresh Handling Limited
Specialises in handling exports of cut flowers, horticultural and agricultural products from Uganda. Contacts are : +256 312 262 492, +256 414 321 712 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Banking and Bureau De Change
Commercial banking and Bureau De Change services are available at the Departures and Arrivals level. Banks and Forex Bureau handle most convertible currencies. Although there are no currency restrictions in Uganda, hard currencies purchased from money dealers should be accompanied with an official receipt.
It is advisable to carry Traveller’s Cheques instead of large sums of cash. A few hotels and shopping points in Uganda accept credit cards.
Liquid telecom and Airtel provide free wireless internet (WIFI), which can be accessed from various passenger movement areas within the terminal building at the Airport. On departure, wireless internet can be accessed by departing passengers and other airport users in the Check-in area, Transit Concourse, Boarding Lounges and VIP. It is also accessible in the Arrivals Hall and Meeters and Greeters Area.
Posta Uganda on 1st floor offers photocopy, postal services and internet services.
Information on Tours and Safari, can be obtained from Uganda Tourist Board, which has offices on the ground floor at the Airport.
The Airport CAA Customer care Desk located on the ground floor, also provides some tourist information and is open 24 hours. Contact telephone is +256 31/41 353000 ext 2210, 3323, 3057.
Clearing and Forwarding
There are numerous Clearing and Forwarding Firms based at the Cargo Terminal Building, with branches all over the country. Their services range from clearance of goods, customs documentation, transportation and warehousing to packaging.
It is advisable to locate the physical addresses of the firms before any transaction.