Qatar Airways has taken a 60% stake in a new $1.3 billion international airport in Rwanda.

In a statement issued by the state-run Rwanda Development Board, The board said the first phase of construction would provide facilities for 7 million passengers a year in the Bugesera district.

A second phase, poised to be completed by 2032, will double capacity to 14 million passengers a year.

The country’s infrastructure minister Claver Gatete mentioned at a press conference that a construction company was still being sought to build the airport and that once work starts, the first phase would take at least five years to complete.

Gatete said the investment from Qatar Airways would enable it to build the larger airport.

“We are looking for a bigger sized airport. That’s why we are looking for a bigger investor,” he said.

Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani is currently visiting Kigali for the presentation of the International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award. (REUTERS)