Uganda’s national airline made its maiden voyage to Dubai on Monday, the airline’s first intercontinental flight since its redesign two years ago.
Uganda Airlines officials told The EastAfrican that the destination is popular with Ugandan travelers for both business and pleasure.
Officials say Dubai is a lucrative route.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubai was one the most popular travel destination for most Ugandan travelers, according to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA).
It remains a popular route from Uganda.
“The United Arab Emirates and Dubai in particular , is important for both formal and informal trade for Uganda. So we hope to meet this demand for merchants traveling to the Middle and Far East, ”said an airline official.
The official added that given the strategic location of Dubai, Uganda Airlines hopes to Take advantage of the connectivity the destination offers to Europe, the Far West and the Far East by signing interline agreements with major players operating in Dubai.
“Our interline agreement with Emirates gives Uganda Airlines travelers the ability to fly to any Emirates destination while offering opportunities in East, Central and South Africa, ”the official noted Removed from the red list so that the airline can continue its plans for a flight to Dubai.
According to the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority, 5,800 passengers flew from Entebbe to Dubai every month until 2017. According to spokesman Vianney Lugya, the number is said to have risen.
Uganda Airlines is currently practicing regional RO with four CRJ900 bombardier aircraft.
For months, the company has been planning, after acquiring two larger Airbus A330neo- Aircraft to commence long-haul flights.
In addition to its pre-existing regional network, the airline planned to fly to Guangzhou, Dubai, London and Mumbai by September, but a series of problems caused its plans to open on October this year until early next year.
Initially, the airline did not have the Air Operating Certificate (AOC) for its two new Airbus aircraft from the regulator, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, which the two aircraft are on Entebbe Airport left on the ground. The airline received the AOC early last month.
In addition, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, which the airline wanted to fly to, had put Uganda on their red lists after an increase in Covid infections.
On September 28, Foreign Minister Gen said Jeje Odongo, Uganda Airlines will fly to Guangzhou once the administrative procedures have been completed. He spoke during the virtual celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Labor and Transport Minister General Katumba Wamala previously told The EastAfrican that talks are still ongoing to acquire bilateral air transport agreements so the airline can land in Guangzhou.
Before Uganda Airlines was abandoned, it flew to several international destinations. After the redesign in 2019, it began flying regional routes, with plans to use additional intercontinental routes, Kilimanjaro, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Nairobi and Zanzibar. Others are Harare, Kinshasa and Johannesburg.