Coronavirus: Uganda Airlines suspends operations

By :
Baluku Geoffrey

Kampala – Uganda Airlines announced today that it will be suspending all scheduled operations effective Monday 23, 2020 at 00.01 local time.

In a statement shared on its website, the airline said, it regretted any inconvenience caused to its customers, but that, the suspension was in compliance with rapidly evolving travel restrictions arising from the global fight against COVID-19.

“This is in the interest of ensuring the safety of our customers, staff and the public, compliance with the rapidly evolving travel restrictions, and the various national and international obligations in the global fight against COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to management of Uganda Airlines, clients holding tickets for travel during this period have the option to rebook and fly at a future date or to request for a refund. For those who will opt to change their tickets, the airline has offered to do it free of charge as they are offering waiver for change fees on all flights across the airlines network.

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As of today, 43 African countries have recorded COVID-19 cases, with the continent reporting more than 1,000 cases.

Uganda recorded its first COVID-19 case on Saturday, a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai on Saturday March 21, 2020.

The announcement prompted an address by President Yoweri Museveni, who suspended passenger flights into and out of the country.

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