ROKO steers the Kigali International Airport expansion project

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The Kigali International Airport expansion plan is a 15-months long project that started last year in September, estimated to be completed by November this year.

Roko-Rwanda is the official contracted constructor of an (USD18million) Eighteen Million Dollars Project, entirely funded by Government of Rwanda.
ROKO is a multinational construction company with footprint in Rwanda, Uganda DR Congo, and South Sudan. A self-sufficient constructor, Roko is engaged in the majority construction disciplines, its other services include aluminum fabrication, metal fabrication & welding, carpentry and joinery, shuttering and scaffolding, mechanical works and electrical works. It is thus befitting that

The KIA Expansion project has two key components, including; upgrading the car parking and main terminal building. In the parking area, Roko will improve the security and facilities. In terminal Area—comprised of Departures, Transit and Arrivals terminals that is where the main expansion is happening—involving mainly extending the physical infrastructure (the building) so as to allow doubling of the current facilities.

In a recent interview with Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) Director General, he said; “We are doubling the number of Check-in desks from nine to at least 18. We’re installing new escalators to take care of travelers with disabilities. We’re also upgrading the baggage area too”.

According to plan, the Transit area will involve expanding the immigration section to put more counters. The duty-free area will be extended to accommodate diversity of airport services and shops. There is currently one lounge. Additional two lounges will be established; for business, Diplomats and another for Government Officials.

On the arrival side, there will be installation of new escalators for passengers disembarking from aircrafts—the baggage retrieval section will also made much bigger. Important to note Arrivals and Departures sections will be separated for purposes of safety and convenience. Generally, this project is quite timely, considering the rapid growth of Kigali International Airport. KIA has reportedly grown at an average of 18-20 per cent over the last four years. The expansion of the national carrier, RwandAir has significantly contributed to this leapfrog in travelers numbers, and of course other new big international players now flying to Kigali like Qatar, South African, KLM, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, Air Uganda etc. With RwandAir, more and more new destinations have been added to the network and flight schedules have come even busier.  Four years ago, Kigali International Airport (KIA) used to handle 40-60 take-offs a week, with about 270,000 travelers a year using the airport. Today, the number has grown exponentially –to 300 plus flights a week with about 500,000 travelers, a relatively higher number of regional, continental and international airlines. For a nation that aspires to be a regional air transport hub, and an epitome of aviation safety and security, responding to this overwhelming jump in air traffic became paramount.

Looking at Rwanda’s vision 2020 and the evolution of its mid-term implementation strategy-EDPRS (Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy), it points to, among other indicators; skills development, infrastructure development and poverty reduction through employment creation.
With the ongoing expansion of the airport and RwandAir a lot of employment opportunities have been created. And the increment in revenues goes to national coffers to finance development programs through the (national) budget. Indeed, the aviation sub-sector will continue to contribute significantly to Rwanda’s socioeconomic development both in the short and long run, especially if you consider all the aspects of elaborating the New Bugesera International Airport (NBIA).

ROKO Rwanda Rich Profile

In Rwanda, Roko is perhaps the strongest brand in the construction sector; given its rich profile in terms of completed projects. They include, but not limited to; Eco-Lodge in Nyungwe National Park, Renovations and Extensions to Serena Hotel Kigali, Extension And Refurbishment at Bank Of Kigali, Rwanda, Construction Of 30 Apartments for SORAS At Rue Cyahafi, Kigali, Construction Of 50 High Standing Flats At Boulevard De L’umuganda, Kacyiru, Renovations and Extensions to Kivu Sun Hotel, Construction of DFID Offices, Kigali, Renovations and Extensions to Diplomat Hotel, Kigali, American Embassy, Rubavu Stadium, MTN Switch etc..

By Mansur Kakimba
Posted 7th March 2013

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