Uganda’s national carrier Uganda Airlines will resume flights to Dubai this week after the United Arab Emirates lifted a ban on direct passenger flights into the country.
The airline announced on Friday that it would their flights on. will resume January 8th and will now fly the route four times a week – on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
“We have resumed our flights to Dubai and have taken all necessary measures to ensure that you are protected when you travel with us. Entebbe’s flights in Uganda will resume from January 8, 2022, “said the airline.
New precautionary measures the airline is taking include passengers who have a printed copy of a valid negative Covid- Submit 19-PCR test result (with QR code) from a test carried out by an approved health care provider no more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure of their flight to Dubai.
Passengers must also have a PCR Carry out a rapid test – based on molecular diagnostic tests for the qualitative detection of nucleic acids for SARS-COV-2 virus RNA – at Entebbe Airport no later than six hours before departure time with the test report with QR code.
The airline says, that the new regulations do not apply to citizens of the UAE or other categories of exempt passengers, as previously published.
The United Arab Emirates have flights from Uganda to D ubai suspended until further notice after passengers with negative Covid-19 results tested positive upon arrival in Dubai.
Flights from Entebbe were suspended in June due to the increase in Covid-19 cases and many passengers, who tested positive for the virus on arrival in Dubai were also exposed.
In October last year, the airline launched its first intercontinental flight to Dubai, one of its most lucrative routes.
During the Flights were suspended this week, Uganda Airlines mainly carried cargo between Entebbe and Dubai.
Officials of the airline say this accidentally helped them increase their cargo capacity.
“It has made us increase our need to streamline our freight operations. This has contributed to the fact that the freight department is known in the market. Now the market knows that Uganda Airlines is offering a cargo flight, these are the prices and these are the times. It gave us a chance to make a name for itself, ”Jennifer Bamuturaki, interim CEO of the airline, told The EastAfrican earlier this week.
Initially, the airline’s cargo brought about $ 13,000 a week. but that is now up between $ 30,000 and $ 45,000. The airline’s goal is between $ 70,000 and $ 100,000.