Uganda Airlines is set to make its maiden direct flight from Entebbe to Mombasa on Monday November 11, a move authorities are banking on to help boost trade and tourism between Uganda and Kenya.
The carrier’s Bombardier aircraft is expected to touch down at Moi International Airport, Mombasa at 1320hrs, making it the seventh destination since it resumed operations on August 27 this year.
“The inaugural flight will depart Entebbe International Airport at 1130hrs and arrive Moi International Airport, Mombasa at 1320hrs then return to Entebbe at 1530hrs,” reads Uganda Airlines Entebbe-Mombasa flight launch program.
According to the day’s program, an inaugural ceremony will be held at Moi International Airport Mombasa on Monday as soon as the aircraft touches down.
Uganda Airlines will fly to Mombasa three times a week on Monday, Friday and Sunday.
Africa Tembelea has also learnt that the one-hour 50-minute trips will target tourists and Ugandan traders who depend on the port of Mombasa to do business since most of the country’s imports pass through the port.
The carrier is currently flying to Nairobi, Dar es Salam, Juba, Mogadishu, Bujumbura and Kilimanjaro. Sources at the airline said routes to other countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and South Africa are on the radar.