Uganda Airlines secures seven regional routes as Kigali route misses out

The revived Uganda National Airlines has secured seven regional route. The routes include Nairobi, Juba, Bujumbura, Dar-es-Salaam, Mombasa, Mogadishu and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Uganda recently secured two Bombardier CRJ 900 planes for the national carrier.

Having planned to have had the Kigali route among the regional agenda,Uganda airlines has so far not made any positive development on securing the route amidst continued stand off between the two countries ever since the border posts were blocked.

The planes arrived in the country on April 23. More planes are expected in the country by 2021 and the carrier is currently having its air operating license processed as well as undergoing through a 3-month safety and security test by the aviation authorities of where they are supposed to land.

As such, the aircraft have been flying to destinations including Kinshasa, Mombasa, Johannesburg and other airports in East, Central and Southern Africa. Jennifer Bamuturaki, the commercial director of Uganda National Airlines, says they are still awaiting clearance and operating certificate from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

She says the airline is in the process of setting up a booking office and setting the fares to various destinations before they receive an air operating certificate.

The parliamentary committee on Planning and Physical Infrastructure in its report, requested that the airline sets up a board of directors of the Uganda National Airline Company by April 30. The committee also asked that parliament denies the airline funds until a committee is set up.

Currently, the airline according the Bamuturaki, is struggling with limited funds to run its operations. The airline is also expected to manage its ground handling services.

The airline according to Bamuturaki submitted a budget of up to Shs 259 billion for the capitalization of the airline for the next five years.



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