The airport is located in the town of Kasese, Kasese District, in the Western Region of Uganda, at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and close to the international border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It is approximately 261 kilometres (162 mi), by air, west of Entebbe International Airport, the country’s largest civilian and military airport.
It is one of the five upcountry airports that are authorized to handle cross-border air traffic from member countries of the East African Community, as part of efforts to promote tourism within eastern Africa.
The Uganda CAA has plans to renovate and improve the airport by lengthening the runway to 8,210 feet (2,500 m). The runway will also be widened to 146 feet (45 m). The surface will be converted to tarmac.
A terminal building and aircraft fuel storage facilities will be constructed. A control tower will be erected. Customs and Immigration facilities will also be installed as well as cargo storage warehouses.
As of October 2008, the construction plans have been approved and construction will begin as soon as the tenants on the land adjacent to the airport have been relocated. After all the renovations, Kasese Airport will be transformed into the “Kasese International Airport.