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Tourism receives a major boost, Emirates doubles weekly flights to Entebbe

An Emirates flight takes off at the airport recently. The Airline has added additional three flights from Entebbe to Dubai. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA -Do you and your friends or acquaintances travel quite often? Well, Fly Emirates just hit a tennis ball with topspin your way.

Emirates is set to increase its frequency to Entebbe with three additional flights a week effective July 5 to September 15, 2019.

The introduction of the extra flights has been sanctioned against the increased passenger traffic from Entebbe Airport (EBB)  to Emirates’ global destinations such as Dubai, London, New York, Beijing and Guangzhou.

The additional weekly flights will be operational on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Emirates Country Manager Uganda, John Gemin shares an insight recently. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Emirates flight EK731 will subsequently depart Dubai (DXB) at 01:15hrs and will arrive in Entebbe (EBB) at 05:45hrs with the return flight, EK732 departing Entebbe at 07:15hrs and touching base in Dubai at 13:45hrs.

A subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is wholly owned by the government of Dubai’s Investment Corporation of Dubai, Emirates currently operates daily Entebbe – Dubai flights via its Dubai hub to over 150 destinations

Speaking to our reporter, Emirates Country Manager, John Gemin,  Uganda has affirmed that destination Uganda remains a regional growth factor for the airline.

“Uganda is an important market for Emirates, in a region that has registered significant growth,” said Gemin.

“From April 2018 to March 2019, Emirates carried over 90,000 passengers between Entebbe and Dubai, and we are committed to facilitating trade, tourism and cargo exports in the years to come. Our customers have come to expect the high standard of product and service we offer, and the increased flights will offer them greater flexibility to connect to their favourite destinations,” he said.

State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Godfrey Kiwanda and UTB Marketing Manager, Clare Mugabi speak to the press early this year. (PHOTO/File)

In January 2019, State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Godfrey Kiwanda, revealed that Uganda aimed at increasing the number of tourists who visit Uganda from outside countries from last year’s two million to three million in 2019.

“The year 2018 has been particularly transformational and the sector has registered strong achievements as we work
towards consolidating our position as the Pearl of Africa,” he said

Emirates started operations to Entebbe in March 2000, with three flights a week linked with Nairobi, and later with Addis Abba, until it was delinked in 2007 and became a direct daily service between Dubai and Entebbe.

Passengers arrive at Entebbe Airport and attempt to access the terminal. (PHOTO/File)

Operations have steadily grown with increases in both frequency and capacity between Entebbe and Dubai to match customer demand.

 

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