In 2019, the Government of Rwanda and Qatar Airways have signed partnership agreements that saw the latter investing in the construction of Bugesera International Airport (BIA) estimated to cost $1.3 billion at completion.
The agreement spells out that Qatar will own 60% shares of the airport while the Government of Rwanda will own the remaining 40%.
The acquisition of 60% shares went hand in hand with revised master plan to expand the airport and upgrade it to international standards.
The airport will have the capacity of receiving 7 million passengers on annual basis against 4.5 million of the initial master plan.
Recently on 17th May 2021, the Minister of Infrastructure (MININFRA), Claver Gatete told the media that COVID-19 occasioned delays but highlighted that construction activities are currently on track.
“We faced challenges related to COVID-19 whereby limited number of workers was allowed to prevent spread of the virus. As of today, construction activities are on good progress. The remaining task is to fast track the project’s implementation. Despite the fact that we are working during COVID-19, we are hopeful to complete activities next year, whatever the delays,” he said.
Minister Gatete explained that construction activities have reached nearly 40%.
“The master plan which stalled activities is available. Constructions activities are carried out in framework of the master plan. That is why we are optimistic that to fast track progress of the project,” he noted.
Developing runaways and other infrastructure required for an airplane to use the land is underway while construction of terminals will begin in the next two months.
Minister Gatete said that 13-km road to the airport is among other infrastructures set to be developed in Bugesera district.
Bugesera International Airport will be seated on 2500 hectares.