The greatest advantage EIA has is its central geographical location in the great lakes region as well as the available current capacity that makes it ideal for creating a regional Hub. It is the cheapest airport to fly to due to low navigation, landing, parking and ground handling charges to airlines. EIA is quality driven and competitively priced. The main passenger terminal was remodeled in 2007 to expand its capacity and to provide a state of the art ambience, service and security. Due to further increases in passenger volume, there are plans for further expansion.

EIA has also successfully implemented the Passenger Departure Control System, MUSE, for the benefit of airline operators. Currently the system supports BA, Brussels, KLM, SAA, with Emirates and Kenya Airways soon to get connected.

Uganda is a landlocked country situated in the heart of Africa, half way between Cairo in the north and Cape Town in the south and EIA is the only direct way to the country. The regional capitals of these countries are all within 5 hours flying time.

Uganda’s GDP stands at US Dollars 16.84 billion at the current market prices and the economy is growing at a rate of about 10%.
Uganda is unique and rich in tourism products both flora and fauna. EIA benefits from the over 120 million population that moves freely within the East African Common Market.

Uganda is a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors from all over the world especially UK, German and USA, who between them supply over 200,000 out of a total of over 1,000,000 tourist arrivals. The unique tourism product range from wildlife, forests, lakes, rivers, variety of cultures, the people, historical sites, foods… you name it.

Facts, figures and useful information

  • EIA is located 40km from the capital city Kampala.
  • Coordinates – 00002’26".93N, 32 26’25".95E
  • Altitude – 3782ft AMSL
  • Main runway(17/35)- 3658m
  • Alternate runway(12/30) – 2400
  • Uganda’s official language is English.
  • Visas to Uganda can be obtained at its embassies or on arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
  • Uganda enjoys an equatorial climate. The coldest part of the country, Kabale and records temperatures as low as 150 C. Temperatures in Kampala range between 21oC and 28oC. Warm clothing is not necessary.
  • The country’s legal tender is a Uganda shilling. Notes are in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000.
    Coins are also popularly used and are in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 shillings.
  • Most Banks handle travellers’ cheques and convert international currencies. ATM services for VISA Electron card holders are available at many points in Kampala city.
  • Official business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday).
  • Direct connections to the world are available using international code or telephone operator if necessary.
    Telephone services are spread around the country. Five telephone companies: MTN-Uganda, Uganda Telecom, Orange, Warid, Airtel and K2 offer a wide range of services.
    Internet and Blackberry services are also widely available.
  • The internet top level domain is .ug

Detailed Tourist information is available at Entebbe International Airport Arrivals concourse at the Uganda Tourism Board/Tourism Uganda office.

For the last 10 years EIA has experienced growth in all parameters of the airport. This is attributed to:

  • Relative political stability in the region
  • Good macro economic policies
  • Good investment policies and climate
  • Government strategy on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events
  • Uganda’s successful hosting of CHOGM in 2007 with improved facilities
  • Improved tourism products and hospitality.
  • Development of new export products (flowers, fish and fresh produce
  • Discovery of oil