Uganda Airlines launches commercial flights

Almost two years since it was grounded, Uganda Airlines is flying again.

With its recently acquired two CRJ 900 from Bombardier, the Ugandan national carrier hit the skies shortly after midday with a flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport  (JKIA), Nairobi.

On board were politicians led by Works and Transport Minister,  Monica Ntege Azuba, the State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda plus technocrats from the Works and Transport Ministry and a few journalists.

On arrival at JKIA, the Ugandan national carrier was received with a water salute before a brief function at Four Seasons by Sheraton at Embakasi – Nairobi.

“We are proud that that Uganda Airlines  has joined our airline fraternity  at JKIA. We  extend to you a warm  welcome and wish  you success at this Airport,” Jonny Andersen, the Managing Director of Kenya Airport Authorities said.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda (C) with other dignitaries at the launch of Uganda Airlines’ commercial flights.

Earlier at Entebbe Airport, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who represented President Yoweri Museveni at the launch of the inaugural flight, urged the airline to take advantage of Uganda’s natural endowments.

The water salute at JKIA Nairobi

“There has never been a better time to launch commercial flights than now when passenger traffic is growing due to increased demand for Uganda’s tourism,” Rugunda said.

Minister Monica Ntege Azuba is received by Kenyan officials upon arrival in Nairobi.

Government also hopes that the airline will improve Uganda’s regional neighbours’ access to the Ugandan market.

Kickboxing champion Moses Golola was among the passengers on the inaugural flight

The two CRJ 900 jets were delivered on April 23 with two additional CRJ 900 aircrafts expected to be delivered in October this year while two wide-body Airbus A330 Neo for the long haul flights are expected at the end of 2020.