UGANDA CAA ANNOUNCES AIRPORT REOPENING FOR 01ST OF OCTOBER AFTER EARLIER PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS MADE NO MENTION OF DATE
(Posted 21st September 2020)
Uganda Airlines will resume scheduled flight operations effective 01st of October, now that the airport reopening date has finally been confirmed.
Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Juba and Mogadishu will be the first four destinations the airline will fly to, using their CRJ900 aircraft.
According to information received from the airline will a second tier of destinations see the resumption of flights at a later stage, among those being Mombasa, Bujumbura, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
The airline at the same time also confirmed that their pre-pandemic planned launch of flights to Johannesburg, Kinshasa and Lusaka remains on target too and an announcement is expected in due course about the dates when these additional destinations will be served.
Ahead of the resumption of flights has the airline put strict health and safety protocols into place to give passengers the confidence to fly again.
Meanwhile has a source close to Uganda Airlines also confirmed that the first Airbus A330-800Neo is due for delivery before the end of the year.
This signals clear intent to also launch intercontinental services soon after the first of two such ordered aircraft has been put into service – unlike neighbours RwandAir which, according to reliably sources from Kigali has cancelled the delivery of their order for two brand new Airbus A300Neo’s as well as two Boeing B737MAX.
Uganda Airlines plans to first serve such long haul destinations with the new Airbus A330-800Neo aircraft with flights to London but also plans to launch services to China and Dubai before eying further expansion.