Rwanda’s airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.

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Rwanda’s airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase,Construction of the new Kigali International Airport in Rwanda’s Bugesera district is progressing rapidly, despite a few delays caused by changes in the design to enhance its size and quality.

The ongoing construction activities mainly focus on key infrastructure elements, including runways, drainage systems, concrete works, earthwork platforms, aircraft parking facilities, connecting taxiways, and internal service roads.

Situated approximately 40 kilometers south of Kigali, the new airport is scheduled to be finished by late 2026, with an estimated cost of $2 billion.

Once completed, the airport will feature a main terminal building spanning 130,000 square meters, initially capable of accommodating 8 million passengers annually. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL), a government-owned holding company overseeing aviation-related operations, predicts that this number will exceed 14 million in the future.

 

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
An aerial view of works on the aircraft parking and connecting taxiways. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Adjacent will be a cargo terminal capable of accommodating 150,000 tons of cargo annually.

The CEO of ATL, Jules Ndenga, pointed out that the new airport will position Rwanda as a vibrant African hub and boost the national and regional economies.

Below are aerial images taken in the first week of May 2023 showing the latest developments at the construction site.

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
Apron aircraft parking works underway. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
Apron aircraft parking works are underway. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
Drainage concrete works. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
Drainage concrete works. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
Men at work on drainage concrete works. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Drainage concrete works. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
Drainage concrete works. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
The earthwork platform seen from the air. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

The earthwork platform seen from the air. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
The earthwork platform seen from the air. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Earthworks including land grading to reconfigure the topography of the site, or to stabilize slopes. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
Earthworks including land grading to reconfigure the topography of the site, or to stabilize slopes. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

 Lots of heavy trucks and other construction machinery are being used to speed up the earthworks. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
Lots of heavy trucks and other construction machinery are being used to speed up the earthworks. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Earthworks. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
Earthworks. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

 Part of the completed fence and nearly finished internal road network. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
Part of the completed fence and nearly finished internal road network. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

[NBIA MASTER PLAN IMAGE]: The master plan of the new Kigali International Airport in Bugesera district. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
[NBIA MASTER PLAN IMAGE]: The master plan of the new Kigali International Airport in Bugesera district. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

A section of the airport showing the nearly complete runway, taxiway, and internal road. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
A section of the airport showing the nearly complete runway, taxiway, and internal road. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

The nearly complete runway, taxiway, and internal road. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
The nearly complete runway, taxiway, and internal road. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.and Logistics (ATL).
An artistic impression of the airport’s terminal building, terminal parking, runway, and aircraft parking. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

 

The terminal, administration building, cargo, and car parking areas of the new airport once it is complete. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
The terminal, administration building, cargo, and car parking areas of the new airport once it is complete. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

 

Rwanda's airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.
Internal road pavement works are underway. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

Workers are busy doing subbase work on the aircraft taxiway. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL)
Workers are busy doing subbase work on the aircraft taxiway. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL)

Airside pavement works. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL)
Rwanda’s airport in Bugesera captured in photographs during the construction phase.//Airside pavement works. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL)
Work on the internal road network. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).
Work on the internal road network. Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL).

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