Gisenyi Airport in Rubavu District is set to be expanded and upgraded to the international standards starting in July, Minister of State in charge of Transport at the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye has revealed.

Uwihanganye was speaking to the media yesterday in Rubavu shortly after the meeting that he held with families that will be affected by the airport expansion activities.

He told the media that the airport will be expanded to the international level with capacity to receive big aircrafts.

“We are planning to start expansion works with the next national budget opening in July. We need to make it regional airport that is able to receive big airplanes such as Boeing and Airbus. We shall expand tracks from where planes take off,” he said.

He explained that they expect to have finalised construction works by 2021 and start to use it by receiving and flying big airplanes from inside the country and the region.

The compensation of properties in the space in which the airport will be expanded, officials have pledged that payment process will be done by August.

“People yet to be compensated are 97, but others have been paid. For those remaining, we are still processing the payment and all will be done by August,” said Rubavu District Mayor, Gilbert Habyarimana.

Gisenyi airport is currently receiving small planes only belonging to the national career, RwandAir.src:igihe

The Express News


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