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Private Developer to Upgrade Nyakisharara Airfield to International Airport

Mbarara. A deal has been sealed between the Government of Uganda and an Investor to upgrade or transform Nyakisharara Airfield in Mbarara to an International Airport and Helicopter Pilots Training Center.

On Thursday last week a team from the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda handed over the Nyakisharara Airfield to one of the International Investor called Base 7 International Aviation Academy a South African Company to start their project of constructing an International Airport, Helicopter Pilots Training Center and other different facilities that are going to be set up within this project.

Sam Wonekha, the General Regional Manager Civil Aviation Authority represented Government at the handover ceremony while Base 7 International Aviation Academy that was also led by company Chief Executive Officer Tamryn Vanstaden. During the Handover, former Mayor for Mbarara Municipality, Wilson Tumwiine also handed over his premises called Pelican that he had constructed and leased it to Government within Nyakisharara.

According to Ham Kamuntu, the company’s General Manager Base 7 International Aviation Academy, when they contacted the President of Uganda about their idea of putting up an International Airport that accommodates Helicopter Training Center, the President bought their idea. As the result of the President’s clearance to their Idea, as the company they Identified Nyakisharara as the best area to put such an asset.

Kamuntu said that when the project is done at Nyakisharara it is going to be first of its kind in the East Africa that trains Helicopter Pilots.

The team from Civil Aviation led by Sam Wonekha in the middle (in black suit) meeting the team of Base 7 International Aviation Academy together with Mbarara Municipality Leaders

He added that Uganda has been lacking a training Center for Aircrafts or Helicopter Pilots. He said that the Government has always spent over 40m to train a pilot from the abroad, but now that the facility is going to be within the country it will become cheaper.

According to Kamuntu, the company intends to invest over $300 Million into the project according to their Business plan. He added that according to the partnership that they have made with the Government, they agreed that Government will provide land of 450 hectares, and then it will also construct a run way and a tower.

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