Entebbe International cleared as an A380 emergency landing airport


(eTN) – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over the weekend released information that the airport was cleared by an inspection panel of Emirates, Dubai’s award-winning airline, to serve as an emergency landing airport, following successful “simulations” being carried out.

It is understood that the airline was seeking landing site options for emergency diversions which might occur in flight. A source at the CAA added that the airport was cleared, however, with the restriction that upon landing the two outer engines need to be shut down for taxiing as the width of runway and taxiway was not yet expanded to the size an A380 would under normal circumstances require to taxi under all four engines running.

Entebbe is due for another major expansion in coming years, which will include added apron spaces for aircraft to be parked, the eventual relocation of the cargo center to the “old airport” side, and the doubling in size of the passenger terminal to cater to the anticipated growth in air traffic.