Chinese construction firm, the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) the contractor for upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport has today Thursday July 2 handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA).

CCCC Deputy General Manager, Zheng Biao, who handed over the items to UCAA’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Fred Bamwesigye and Director Airports and Aviation Security, Eng. Ayub Sooma said the PPEs will assist the airport’s front line staff in handling repatriation flights for Ugandans.

They will also add to efforts in readiness for resumption of passenger flights.

Mr. Bamwesigye thanked CCCC for the donation and said the items were coming in at an opportune time when the airport authority was handling repatriation flights for Ugandans and preparing for resumption of passenger flight operations.

After several calls and an outcry by the affected Ugandans, Cabinet in May approved the return of some of them. 2,400 Ugandans in 66 foreign countries were allowed to return, starting last week.

Uganda has been under lockdown since March 18, and the country’s only international airport and other border entry points were closed a week later, sending chills through the aviation, tourism and hospitality industries in particular.