Routes Africa comes to Kampala this weekend


(Posted 05th July 2013)

Uganda’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi, is set to open the Routes Africa meeting which start this weekend in Kampala, hosted jointly by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority and Entebbe International Airport at the lake side resort complex of Munyonyo, near this correspondent’s residence. The meeting expects over 250 key decision makers from African airlines, airports, civil aviation bodies, tourism boards and related service providers to assemble in Kampala and discuss future cooperation, the opening of new routes to bring Africa closer together and closer to the rest of the world and how to overcome the economic challenges of today and tomorrow, which have often hindered aviation developments on the continent.

Routes Africa just issued the following media release, but expect live updates from on site when this important continental aviation meeting goes underway this weekend.

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Hon. Amama MBABZI to join aviation industry leaders at Routes Africa in Kampala

4th July 2013

Taking place on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th July 2013 and open to all attending delegates, The Routes Africa Strategy Summit will open Routes Africa in Kampala. One of the highlights of the Summit will be a keynote address from Hon. Amama MBABAZI, the HON Right Prime Minister of Uganda who has recently confirmed that he will participate in the event. This year the seniority of delegates registered to attend Routes Africa has been very high and the event has seen high level registrations from all sectors of the industry including airline and airport CEOs and Ministers of Tourism.

Attendees of the summit will hear a welcome address from Hon. James Abraham Byandaala, Minister for Works and Transport for Uganda along with opening remarks from Dr W Rama Makuza, MD, Uganda CAAbefore keynote addresses from Hon. Amama MBABAZI, Hon. Maria Mutagamba, The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities for Uganda and Dr Titus Naikuni, CEO, Kenya Airways.

“Uganda is indeed honoured to host this important event at which top decision makers from the airline and airport industries join tourism stakeholders to plan and discuss air service development across the African region,” says W. Rama Makuza, Ph.D Managing Director, Civil Aviation Authority Uganda continuing: “Uganda’s flora and fauna coupled with its strategic location in Africa gives all delegates, especially air operators, opportunities to make informed and pertinent decisions about future air service development options.”

“We are thrilled with the high calibre of delegates attending this year’s Routes Africa event,” said Nigel Mayes, VP Commercial – Routes, UBM Live explaining: “The strong support demonstrated by the participation of the Prime Minister and other Ministers of the country shows that the region is taking air service development seriously and that Routes Africa is the event where real business discussions can take place.”

Routes Africa, now in its 8th year, will take place in Kampala, Uganda on 7-9 July 2013 and will be hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport. 250 key decision makers from across Africa and beyond are expected to gather at the annual event to discuss air service development.

Key carriers from the African region and beyond such as; South African Airways, Vueling, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Uganda, Ethiopian Airlines, Fastjet, Egyptair, United Airlines have all registered their attendance at this key annual networking event.

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