Uganda Airlines, the National Carrier of Uganda, has resumed business, after 18years since it shut down operations in 2001, due to debt.
Ugandan Airlines was founded by late dictator, Idi Amin in 1977 but grounded in 2001 amid financial difficulties, is aimed at capitalizing on opportunities in agriculture, minerals, tourism and oil and gas sectors, said Monica Ntege Azuba, Uganda’s minister of works and transport.
Commercial services resumed on Tuesday, 27th August with a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi in neighboring Kenya and the airline hopes to have a profitable era.
Uganda Airlines said its fleet of twin-engined Bombardier CRJ-900 (it took delivery of In April this year) regional jet airliners will soon connect to destinations including Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Mogadishu in Somalia and Juba in South Sudan and other places like: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda are expected to be added from September.
Nairobi and Mombasa return tickets cost $278 (NGN100,636) and $325 (NGN117,650) respectively. Return tickets to Mogadishu, Somalia, and Juba, South Sudan, cost $590 and $225 respectively.
Passengers waiting for maiden flight from Entebbe International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. The said flight was delayed by long speeches made by Uganda’s Prime Minister
“Passengers have the choice of paying their ticket fares in US dollars or Uganda shillings,” said Bamuturaki
Jeniffer, Sales and Marketing Manager.
The country hopes on emerging oil industry and the tourism sector to generate international traffic to sustain the revitalised airline.
But still, most state-owned flag carriers on the continent are losing money, except Ethiopian Airlines, which analysts say has avoided the mistakes of other regional carriers by not falling prey to political interference.
In November, the airline plans to launch flights to destinations in south and central Africa