Uganda Airlines ready to fly

Flight UR 202 will on Wednesday August 28 fly out of Entebbe airport to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKAI) marking the commencement of Uganda Airlines’ commercial flights nearly 17 years after the national carrier wound up business.

It will thereafter fly the same route and to Juba twice everyday with one daily flight to Dar-es-Salam and four times a week to Mogadishu in Somalia.

Each of the two CRJ900 Bombardier aircrafts that the airline so far owns has been assigned an average daily flying time of nine hours – an hour less that the recommended optimal flying time in a day.

The launch of the flights comes after the International air transport association (IATA) confirmed the airline’s UR code which opened the way for the airline to start selling its air tickets.

“We have been having UR as a provisional code but now IATA has approved. We are not coming as underdogs to the industry, we are coming to compete with the key players in the industry,” the Airline’s commercial director Jennifer Bamuturaki said during a media brief at Golden Tulip hotel in Kampala.

Bamuturaki said that the airline’s core mandate is promote Uganda as a tourism destination with a focus on the diverse ethnicities and cultures plus Uganda’s natural attractions.

Uganda Airlines officials during the interaction with the media

Efforts to revive the airline started in April with the delivery of the two CRJ900 aircrafts to fly the regional routes.

More regional destinations will be added with the arrival of two more CRJ900 aircrafts in September while the airline hopes to expand its wings to the Asian and European markets next with the delivery of two A330-neo aircrafts from Airbus.

“The success of a national carrier comes from the support the home market gives it, we want Ugandans to patronise this airline; we want you to own it,” Ephraim Bagenda, the Chief executive officer said.

For the first two months, a return ticket for the Entebbe to Nairobi route will cost $278 (about Shs 1.02 million), Entebbe – Juba $225 (Shs 832,500), Entebbe – Mogadishu $590 (Shs 2.1 million), Entebbe – Dar-Es-Salaam $286 (Shs 1.05 million), Entebbe – Bujumbura $292 (Shs 1.08 million), Entebbe – Mombasa $325 (Shs 1.2 million) and Entebbe – Kirimanjaro $311 (Shs 1.15 million).