Rwanda breaks ground for new airport development

BUGESERA AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION GOES UNDERWAY

(Posted 09th August 2017)

President Paul Kagame, recently re-elected with a whopping 98 percent affirmative vote to another term of office, is expected to be Guest of Honour in the ground breaking ceremony set for later today at the site of the new Bugesera International Airport.
Portuguese constructions company Mota Engil won the right to build and operate the airport for a period of initially 25 years – with an almost automatic extension of a further 15 years – before eventually handing over the airport to the government of Rwanda.
There is some scepticism though on the time frame of the project which according to local media reports ought to be operational by December next year, an almost impossible task given the complexity of airport construction and then the installation of the required equipment before it can meet international standards after audits by various global institutions and airlines.
Enough examples exist, given the massive delays of the opening of Berlin’s new international airport and even Hamad International in Doha suffered an opening delay at the time and caution is therefore counselled vis a vis setting dates which may not be accomplished.
For continued updates keep watching this space.

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