MOMBASA – Uganda Airlines first non-stop direct flight from Entebbe to Mombasa, Kenya landed today November 11 at Moi International Airport, marking the airline’s second gateway in Kenya. The Bombardier CRJ900 jet touched down at Mombasa International Airport at 1.05pm (1005GMT), where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute.
On board the UR342 inaugural Uganda Airlines flight to Mombasa was, Uganda’s Tourism Minister, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu; State Minister for Works, Hon. Aggrey Bagiire; Uganda Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer, Lilly Ajarova; the Board Chairman Uganda Airlines Dr Pereza Ahabwe; the Acting CEO Uganda Airlines, Mr. Paul Turacayisenga; the media and other passengers enroute to Mombasa.
The VIP delegation was greeted upon arrival by the County Government of Mombasa Deputy Governor, H.E. Dr. William Kingi, and H.E Ambassador Katureebe P Tayebwa the first Consul General of Uganda in Mombasa among others.
Speaking on arrival at Moi International Airport on Monday, Uganda’s Tourism Minister Prof Ephraim Kamuntu did not hide his excitement. He said that the direct flight from Entebbe to Mombasa would play a vital role not only to thousands of Uganda traders who depend on the Port of Mombasa for business but also those who want to visit Uganda for tourism.
“I have traveled on Kenya Railways from Nairobi to Mombasa, boarded in the evening, traveled almost 12 hours and arrived in the morning. I have traveled by Akamba Bus from Kampala to Nairobi. If you were me, today for the first time, flying from Entebbe to Mombasa in a mere one and a half hours, can you imagine how it feels! This is a great day and I can say Halleluiah,” Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Uganda’s Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister said.
“Kenya Airways and RwandAir fly to Mombasa but both make a stop in Nairobi. The stop means passengers destined for Mombasa spend one extra hour on the way. With the stopover, the journey takes about 3 hours and 40 minutes but the direct flight by Uganda Airlines takes about an hour and 50 minutes,” he added.
The County Government of Mombasa Deputy Governor, H.E. Dr. William Kingi, said: “This is a great day for Mombasa and Kampala. We have been connected. This is a beginning for a great journey for the two cities. For us this is gold, it is gold because we are a tourist destination and trading centre. So if we get connected like this, it shows that there is another line for us to bring in trade and to receive trade. It’s the 5th scheduled airline coming in to Mombasa.”
On his part, Uganda Airlines Board Chairman, Pereza Ahabwe, said: “Uganda Airlines is going to grow into a world class airline which will exceed customer expectations through high quality service, global connectivity and commitment to excellence.”
“I implore you to go ahead and book with us, and fly with us,” he added.
According to Paul Turacayisenga, the Finance Director & Ag. CEO Uganda Airlines, the airline will operate three return flights per week for now [Monday, Friday and Sunday] and will increase the frequencies in the near future subject to traffic.
There is a promotional offer of between Shs 568,135 and Shs 770,000 for the Entebbe-Mombasa route. However, Africa Tembelea has learnt that after the promotion, a return ticket will cost 1,044,067 for the economy and Shs 1,249,371 for business class.
This Wednesday, November 13th, Uganda Airline will also launch its maiden Entebbe – Kilimanjaro flight. Uganda Airlines inaugural flight is expected to touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 1115hrs on Wednesday November 13 and will operate three-times a week [Monday, Friday and Sunday].
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On August 28th, 2019, Uganda Airlines started commercial flights marking an important milestone for Uganda’s aviation journey with the rebirth of her national carrier. The airline operates a fleet of four brand new Bombardier CRJ 900, the best aircraft choice within its category. This aircraft type guarantees the traveler the kind of desired cabin comfort with more leg room, more cabin space, bigger overhead baggage bins, wider gallery space, mood lighting – the first of its kind for an African Operator.
With the delivery of 2 Airbus A330-800neo expected in late 2020, Uganda Airlines will introduce inter-continental operations with flights to Asia, Europe, and the middle East including destinations like Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London among others.