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The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) was established by Act of Parliament with a mandate to promote the development of a safe, regular and efficient air transport system in Uganda and beyond. The Act, which is deemed to have taken effect in 1991, when CAA was operationalized, spells out the establishment of the Authority, its duties power and management of civil aviation and related matters in the country. The Act was recently amended in 2017 to incorporate global harmonized practices.

The Mission

Cognizant of affiliation and close linkage with the international civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and of the need to provide security and safety for air transport users in and outside the country, the Authority set itself a mission that seeks “To maintain the highest standard of safety, Security and service in Civil Aviation”.


To promote the Safest, most Efficient and Affordable Air Transport Service.

The Objective

As a way of achieving its mission, the Authority is propelled by a set of objectives. The objectives emphasize;

  • The development and promotion of safe, secure, regular and efficient air transport Service in and out Uganda, in accordance with the ICAO standard and recommended practices (SARPS).
  • The maximization of revenue by providing facilities and services on cost-recovery basis to the extent possible.
  • The maintenance of a high quality, cost sensitive and well-motivated workforce.
  • The promotion and support of efforts for protection of the environment.
  • The continued improvement of the quality of service to customer of the airports managed by the Authority.

The Function

The Authority plays advisory, operational and control functions to government, the air transport operators and other stakeholders in the aviation industry.

In particular, the Authority is charged with the role of

  • Advising government on matters regarding international conventions relating to civil aviation and the adoption of measures necessary to the standards and recommended practices under the said conventions.
  • Licensing of air transport and safety regulation of civil aviation.
  • Provision of air navigation services.
  • Coordination and direction of search and rescue
  • Certification of operators and aircraft.
  • Establishment, maintenance, operation and ownership of aerodromes and,
  • Any other functions as may be conferred upon it by government or any other law.

Core Values

CAA’s Core Values form the foundation on which employees conduct themselves as they perform their duties. Below are the six Core Values:

  • Customer Focus
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Efficiency
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Tagline / Slogan
  • The tagline is: “Safety, Safety and Safety”

National Network:

Besides Entebbe International Airport, the Authority also provides services through upcountry airfields at Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Kisoro, Lira, Kasese, Masindi, Mbarara, Moroto, Pakuba, Soroti, Tororo and Kidepo. There are also other smaller and privately operated aerodromes in various parts of the country. The Authority came up with a 20-year National Civil Aviation Master Plan that covers the period from 2014 to 2033. The Plan puts into consideration where Uganda’s aviation industry is coming from, current status and projections for the future. It is aimed at addressing the deficiencies and is in line with the National Vision 2040. In this regard, the Authority has embarked on a programme to modernise and expand facilities at both Entebbe International Airport and other aerodromes upcountry. Plans are underway to upgrade the airports at Arua, Gulu and Kasese to international status. A new airport, Kabaale International Airport is also being constructed in the Albertine Graben region in Hoima.

Staff Strength:

UCAA currently has a multi-disciplinary workforce of  Personnel. These are distributed in the various Directorates of Air Navigation Services, Safety, Security and Economic Regulation, Airports and Aviation Security, Human Resource and Administration, Finance and Corporate.