The current President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has laid the foundation stone for the country's new Bugesera International Airport (BIA), located about 25 southeast of Kigali near the town of Rilima in the Bugesera District in southeastern Rwanda. The construction works have been planned in two phases for a total budget of $818 million. The first phase will cost $418 million, scheduled for completion by December 2018. During the following phase extension works will be undertaken worth $400 million. Bugesera International Airport will be Rwanda's largest International Airport and will complement Kigali International Airport (KGI) in Kigali, which is now operating at maximum capacity.
Bugesera International Airport (BIA) will have an initial capacity to handle 1.8 million passengers annually. The total construction of the airport is expected to be complete by 2019 and will include the 4,200m runway, a state-of-the-art passenger terminal with a capacity for 4.5 million passengers as well as modern cargo terminal.