Qatar Airways has agreed to take a 60% stake in a new $1.3 billion international airport, while the government of Rwanda retains 40 per cent.
The Airport which is located about 51 kilometres away from Kigali International Airport would provide facilities for 7 million passengers a year in the Bugesera district, about 25 km south east of the capital Kigali after the first phase of construction. A second phase, expected to be completed by 2032, would double capacity to 14 million passengers a year.
The plans for the new airport are a modification of those drawn up in 2017 for a smaller facility with a maximum capacity of 4.5 million passengers a year in the same location.
The country’s infrastructure minister Claver Gatete said the investment from Qatar Airways would enable it to build the larger airport.
“We are looking for a bigger sized airport. That’s why we are looking for a bigger investor,” he said.
Gatete said there was also a possibility that Qatar Airways would help state-run carrier RwandAir to expand, but gave no more details.