Entebbe International Airport
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International Civil Aviation Organization airport code Entebbe International Airport (IATA: EBB, ICAO: HUEN) is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is located near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, and about 35 km (21 miles) from the capital Kampala. The main offices of the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda are located at the airport. Entebbe was the site of a seaplane base in the late 1930s, built by the British in order to facilitate long-range flights from Great Britain to South Africa and other points. Runways were added in 1947, and a terminal building was ceremonially opened by then - Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) in 1952. The current passenger terminal building was constructed in the mid to late 1970's. The Old Entebbe airport is now used by Uganda's military forces and was the scene of a hostage rescue operation by Israeli Sayeret Matkal, dubbed Operation Entebbe, in 1976, after an Arab-German hijacking of Air France Flight 139 out of Tel Aviv. The scene of that particular rescue was "the old airport", which was recently demolished except for its control tower. In late 2007, a domestic terminal was constructed at the site of the old airport, leaving the "new airport" to handle International flights exclusively. Entebbe International Airport served 720,000 International passengers in 2007. (+10.7% vs. 2006).[3]

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