ENTEBBE —The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transport and Works Bageya Waiswa has confirmed Monday October 7 as the date for arrival of the 2 and 3 Uganda Airlines CRJ900 Aircraft in Entebbe International Airport.
Uganda Airlines late last month completed payment of $56 million for the purchase of another two Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.
Now officials have confirmed that the revived national carrier will receive its third aircraft in on Monday 7 whose arrival is expected to aid the expansion of its route list.
With these new additions,
Mr. Waiswa said the carrier will expand its route network to include Kinshasa in Democratic Repblic of Congo, Zanzibar, Asmara, Hergeisa, Lusaka, Harare, Johannesburg, Djibouti and Addis Ababa.
The Uganda Airlines in August returned to skies — restoring its status and pride as the national carrier.
Uganda Airlines flew to eight destinations and had a fleet of 15 aircraft at the time of its closure in 2001 when a more than a decade of financial difficulties resulted in its liquidation.
In the same year, an attempt to resurrect the government-owned airline through a private sector initiative was made. But the operation did not last long as a result of limited capital.
The national carrier — the Uganda Airlines on September 30 launched direct flights to Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi.
The airline’s aircraft took off from Entebbe International Airport on Monday afternoon to Bujumbura— making Burundi one of its new destinations.
Uganda Airlines will operate three direct flights per week from Entebbe International Airport to Melchior International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Hon. Katumba Wamala, Minister of State for Works led the delegation accompanied by the Chairman Board Uganda Airlines, Senior government officials, Members of the business community among others to Bujumbura.
Also aboard the Uganda Airlines Inaugural flight to Bujumbura was the Ambassador Designate of Burundi to Uganda – Her Excellency Ambassador Ephiphanie Kabushemeye Ntamwana.