Rubavu Airport in the Western Province is set to be upgraded into a facility with a capacity to handle both domestic and international flights. Following the overhaul, the airport, which is just a few miles away from Goma International Airport in the DR Congo, will be able to handle big planes like Boeing and Airbus.
Rubavu airport currently only receives domestic flights with small planes from the national carrier RwandAir.
Eng. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, the State Minister in charge of Transport, explained that the airport will be upgraded to have a two-kilometer long runaway long with a width of 150 meters.
“We are planning to start expansion works with the next national budget opening in July. We need to turn it into a regional airport that is able to receive both small and big airplanes such as Boeing and Airbus, so we will expand the runways,” he said.
Uwihanganye added that the construction is expected to be finalised by 2021. He also promised that, while some properties in the vicinity of the existing airport will have to be expropriated, the compensation process will be swift and completed by August.
He further announced that Kigali International Airport will in the future house an aviation center which is still in the planning phase.