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Comparisson Between The Biggest Airport In Kenya And Uganda (PHOTOS)

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) serves as a hub for most airlines operations in the Eastern Africa region. The airport was designed and constructed in 1978 to serve about 2.5 million passengers per year but over the years, this capacity has been overshot to over 6 million passengers per year.

JKIA today is the biggest Airport in East and Central Africa, JKIA is located in the Embakasi suburb 18 kilometres (11 mi) southeast of Nairobi's central business district, the airport has scheduled flights to destinations in over 50 countries. Originally named Embakasi Airport, the airport's name was changed i to honor Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president and prime minister.

It is also the busiest airport in East and Central Africa. Besides being the hub for Kenya Airways (National Airline), JKIA is also a center of operation for low-cost carriers like Jambojet. The airport is owned and operated by Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).

Entebbe International Airport 

Entebbe International Airport is the only international airport in Uganda. It is located about 6 kilometres southwest of the town of Entebbe, on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. This is approximately 40 kilometres by road south-west of the central business district of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

Uganda first witnessed a civil Aviation motorized aircraft in its space in the early 30s when “a flying boat” landed at Port bell, south east of Kampala on the shores of lake Victoria to deliver mail. The mail delivery service had earlier started in neighboring Kenya in 1929 by Wilson Air ways. The service facilitated communication between the colonial centers in the region.

The excitement generated by faster transport led to the creation of Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) in 1949 to over sees Civil Aviation activities in East Africa. In 1947 Entebbe was identified as the most suitable location for the country’s airport.

Entebbe was not only a bastion of the colonial structure in Uganda, it also provided easy navigation across the lake. Air Navigation services were at the time done through rudimentary technology. The airport at Entebbe was commissioned in 1951 with the splendor and presence of the Queen of England.

Entebbe International Airport lies astride the equator at latitude 00.020 North and longitude 320 East, for which reason it has often been described as the “Airport on the Equator”. Elevated at 3782 feet above sea level, the airport is part of a peninsular bordering Africa's biggest fresh-water-lake, Victoria.

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