September 6, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
(JUBA) – Juba was chosen as an administrative and economic centre for the southern part of the Sudan, around 1921. Four years later, building an airport became a priority for the Anglo-Egyptian colonial authorities.
The airport was built between 1925-1934. According to Juba elders, prisoners were brought from Mongalla, a previous colonial headquarters on the White Nile, and used as forced labour to clear the land.
Juba International Airport has been waiting for its new terminal since 2009, and despite progress on the construction of a two part extension to the old terminal, passengers endured poor conditions and spent uncomfortable hours upon departure and arrival till 2018.
The new terminal opened in october 2018, and helped diffuse Juba International Aiport’s bad reputation. It had been ranked worst airport in the world in 2017.