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25 Airports in Uganda: Codes, International, Asphalt, Gravel

Thinking about a trip to Uganda? While it’s true that the biggest reason many would want to go there is for the tourist attractions, the first place you’ll see in the country is most likely the airport. In this guide to airports in Uganda, you’ll learn about the location, codes, and details of the largest Ugandan airports.

How many airports are in Uganda? There are 47 airports in Uganda. Five of these have paved runways and 42 are unpaved.

13 of Uganda’s airfields are managed by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Many of the smaller airfields are for lodges, safari camps, and other remote areas.

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Entebbe International Airport: Uganda’s largest airport

Ugandan Airports: The 4 Largest

Let’s now take a look at the 4 biggest airports in Uganda when it comes to runway length and some other interesting facts about them.

1. Entebbe International Airport

The biggest airport in Uganda, Entebbe International Airport is located about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the capital city of Kampala.

Not only is it a civilian airport, but it is also used by the Ugandan military.

It also serves as the country’s only international airport. Hoima, or Kabaale, International Airport is currently under construction, which is why it’s excluded from this list.

  • IATA Code: EBB
  • ICAO Code: HUEN
  • Airport Type: Civilian and Military
  • Number of Runways: 2
  • Runway Length: 19,900 ft (6,066 m) Total
    • Runway Direction 17/35: 12,000 ft (3,658 m)
    • Runway Direction 12/30: 7,900 ft (2,408 m)
  • Type of Runway: Asphalt
  • Location: Entebbe, Central Region
  • Website: Entebbe International Airport
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2. Gulu Airport

An airport in the Northern Region of Uganda, Gulu Airport is located about 190 miles (306 km) north of Entebbe by air.

In 2019, plans have been made to upgrade the airport to international standards. The other airport to be upgraded is Mbarara (Nyakisharara) Airport, #15 on this list.

  • IATA Code: ULU
  • ICAO Code: HUGU
  • Airport Type: Civilian and Military
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 10,170.6 feet (3,100 m)
  • Runway Direction: 17/35
  • Type of Runway: Asphalt
  • Location: Gulu, Northern Region
  • Website: Gulu Airport

3. Nakasongola Airport

Nakasongola Airport is the largest airport in Uganda to be used exclusively as a military airport. It was constructed by an Israeli company back in the 1970s.

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: N/A
  • Airport Type: Military
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 9,842 ft (3,000 m)
  • Runway Direction: 02/20
  • Type of Runway: Asphalt
  • Location: Nakasongola, Central Region

4. Mutukula Airport

Mutukula Airport is located very close to the Tanzanian border and has a runway made of grass.

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: N/A
  • Airport Type: Civilian and Military
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 8,530 ft (2,600 m)
  • Runway Direction: 07/25
  • Type of Runway: Grass
  • Location: Mutukula, Central Region

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Ugandan Airports: Numbers 5 to 25

Having looked at the biggest 4 airports in Uganda, you can now see the 21 other biggest airports in the country.

5. Soroti Airfield

  • IATA Code: SRT
  • ICAO Code: HUSO
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 2
  • Runway Length: 7,452 ft (2,271 m) Total
    • Runway Direction 05/23: 6,102 ft (1,860 m)
    • Runway Direction 09/27: 1,350 ft (411 m)
  • Type of Runway:
    • Runway Direction 05/23: Asphalt
    • Runway Direction 09/27: Laterite
  • Location: Soroti, Eastern Region

6. Masindi Airport

  • IATA Code: KCU
  • ICAO Code: HUMI
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 6,700 ft (2,042 m)
  • Runway Direction: 01/19
  • Type of Runway: Unpaved
  • Location: Masindi, Western Region

7. Savannah, or Kihihi, Airstrip

  • IATA Code: KHX
  • ICAO Code: N/A
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,965 ft (1,818 m)
  • Runway Direction: 02/20
  • Type of Runway: Gravel
  • Location: Savannah Resort, Kihihi, Western Region\

8. Pakuba Airport

  • IATA Code: PAF
  • ICAO Code: HUPA
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,774 ft (1,760 m)
  • Runway Direction: 07/25
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Pakuba, Northern Region

9. Arua Airfield

  • IATA Code: RUA
  • ICAO Code: HUAR
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,906 ft (1,800 m)
  • Runway Direction: 18/36
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Arua, Northern Region

10. Kasese Airport

  • IATA Code: KSE
  • ICAO Code: HUKS
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,741 ft (1,750 m)
  • Runway Direction: 01/19
  • Type of Runway: Grass
  • Location: Kasese, Western Region

11. Kotido Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUKO
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,249 ft (1,600 m)
  • Runway Direction: 06/24
  • Type of Runway: Dirt
  • Location: Kotido, Northern Region

12. Moroto Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUMO
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,249 ft (1,600 m)
  • Runway Direction: 13/31
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Moroto, Northern Region

13. Chobe Safari Lodge Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: N/A
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,102 ft (1,555 m)
  • Runway Direction: 11/29
  • Type of Runway: Gravel
  • Location: Murchinson Falls National Park, Kiryandongo District, Western Region

14. Bugungu Airstrip

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUGG
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 5,055 ft (1,540 m)
  • Runway Direction: 05/23
  • Type of Runway: Gravel
  • Location: Murchinson Falls National Park, Bujenje, Western Region

15. Mbarara, or Nyakisharara, Airport

  • IATA Code: MBQ
  • ICAO Code: HUMA
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 4,921 ft (1,500 m)
  • Runway Direction: 11/29
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Mbarara City, Western Region

16. Tororo Airport

  • IATA Code: TRY
  • ICAO Code: HUTO
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 4,921 ft (1,500 m)
  • Runway Direction: 18/36
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Tororo, Eastern Region

17. Jinja Airport

  • IATA Code: JIN
  • ICAO Code: HUJI
  • Airport Type: Civlian and Military
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 4,921 ft (1,500 m)
  • Runway Direction: 13/31
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Jinja, Eastern Region

18. Kitgum Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUKT
  • Airport Type: Civlian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 4,921 ft (1,500 m)
  • Runway Direction: 15/33
  • Type of Runway: Dirt
  • Location: Kitgum, Northern Region

19. Kidepo Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUKD
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 4,921 ft (1,500 m)
  • Runway Direction: 09/27
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Kidepo Valley National Park, Northern Region

20. Kabale Airport (not to be confused with Kabaale Airport)

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUKB
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 4,593 ft (1,400 m)
  • Runway Direction: 12/30
  • Type of Runway: Unpaved (possibly grass)
  • Location: Kabale, Western Region

21. Moyo Airport

  • IATA Code: OYG
  • ICAO Code: N/A
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Runway Length: 4,258 ft (1,298 m)
  • Runway Direction: 02/20
  • Type of Runway: Unpaved
  • Location: Moyo, Northern Region

22. Kakira Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUKK
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Runway Length: 4,199 feet (1,280 m)
  • Runway Direction: 01/19
  • Type of Runway: Unpaved
  • Location: Kakira, Eastern Region

23. Mweya Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUMW
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Runway Length: 4,117 ft (1,255 m)
  • Runway Direction: 06/24
  • Type of Runway: Grass
  • Location: Mweya, Western Region

24. Kisoro Airport

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: HUKI
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Runway Length: 3,937 ft (1,200 m)
  • Runway Direction: 18/36
  • Type of Runway: Asphalt
  • Location: Kisoro, Western Region

25. Pader (Patongo) Airfield

  • IATA Code: N/A
  • ICAO Code: N/A
  • Number of Runways: 1
  • Airport Type: Civilian
  • Runway Length: 3,937 ft (1,200 m)
  • Runway Direction: 00/18
  • Type of Runway: Murram (Gravel)
  • Location: Pader, Northern Region

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