President Yoweri Museveni has ordered all government officials to fly with Uganda Airlines whenever they are going to all destinations it flies to. This order is contained in a cabinet memo dated August 5, 2019.
Uganda’s new-look flag carrier, Uganda Airlines, successfully completed its maiden flight from Entebbe to Nairobi on Tuesday, underlining the start of a new chapter in Uganda’s commercial aviation.
“I congratulate the Uganda Airlines on their inaugural flight. As a country, we have been spending over $450m in foreign exchange by Ugandans traveling abroad. We look forward to turn the numbers around and also use the Airline to facilitate tourism and trade,” President Museveni posted on his facebook page.
President Yoweri Museveni described the commissioning as a “historic moment” for all Ugandans and that he was so proud of the team behind this revival.
The first phase of the airline’s operations will feature flights to seven destinations, including Nairobi, Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania).
In 2016, the NRM government manifesto pledged to revive the airline “in order to reduce the cost of air transport and ease connectivity to and from Uganda.”
Two Bombardier planes were then delivered in April this year for commercial operations, with the airline receiving an air operator certificate on July 27.
The remaining two Bombardier aircraft are expected to be delivered by the end of next month (September). The Airbuses, which will take on the longer international routes, will be delivered next year as Uganda once again reclaims its place as one of the countries with a national carrier.