Uganda signs open sky bilateral with Qatar


(Posted 06th September 2013)

Uganda has signed a far reaching new bilateral air services agreement with Qatar last week, though the information was only confirmed earlier yesterday. The new deal will give Qatar Airways literally unlimited access for their flights via Entebbe to onward destinations within Africa (subject to third country regulatory approvals) but also within Uganda itself.

The updated agreement covers both passenger and cargo services. Putting pen to paper in Doha last week were Uganda’s Commissioner for Air Transport in the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Vice Chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Ebrahim Abdulqader Al-Janahi.

Qatar Airways presently flies daily to Entebbe, and on to Kigali with full traffic rights, using one of their new Airbus A320 aircraft which offers inflight connectivity and operates in a two class configuration.

News have also been confirmed that the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker has during a press conference in Chengdu / China on the occasion of their inaugural flight to their latest destination, told the media that the opening of the new mega airport in Doha, to be known at Hamad International Airport, will be postponed until at the earliest late this year or more likely early next year due to contractor delays in meeting various deadlines. Watch this space for regular and breaking news from Eastern Africa’s aviation scene.

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