Uganda National Airlines Company Limited (UNACL) has been issued with an air operation certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority, a move that will officially allow it to take to the skies.
AOC is a regulatory requirement that any air operator intending to commence commercial operations (domestic or international) has to apply to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The renewable license issued to Uganda Airlines on July 26, 2019, will expire on July 25, 2020.
Minister of Works and Transport Monica Azuba Ntege told journalists this week that the airline will be able to fly in August after it missed its scheduled start for the commercial flights this month because it hadn’t yet secured a license.
According to CAA’s Managing Director, Mr David Kakuba, the tough conditions prior to issuance of the air operation license are intended to ensure safety and high standards because worldwide, the industry is highly regulated.
“The sector manages risk at almost 100 percent. Therefore, if you want to come and fly in the air space of this country, you must go through very many procedures to be cleared,’’ he said.
The launch routes for the airline will be Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, and Mogadishu.
These destinations, the works and Transport said, will be operated first to orient staff and service providers. Other destinations will come after August.
The national carrier has been doing test flights in regional destinations, including to Dar Es Salaam. And Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).