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AVIATION: Uganda to acquire 2 airbus planes, to boost inter-continental flights – Museveni

President Museveni has revealed the government’s plans to acquire two Airbus planes in efforts to promote intercontinental flights. (PHOTO/PPU)

KAMPALA – President Museveni has on May 6, confirmed government plans for acquiring two air-buses, one in December 2020 and another one in January 2021.

Museveni made revelations during State of Nation Address on Thursday, June 6 at Serena Hotel

He said the purpose of buying these big sized planes is for Uganda to have inter-continental flights to a few high volume destinations of travellers to and from Uganda.

“Ugandans like travelling. Each year, they were donating US$450million to other countries through foreign travel,” the president said.

He says this is a move to solve the issues of air-transport and boast the transport sector at large.

“There was a lot of inconvenience to travelling Ugandans by not having direct flights and even being charged discriminatively airfares. Since Banks were wasting our time, we paid cash,” he added.

Two air-crafts bombardiers were received in April 2019, and Mr. Museveni highlighted that two more Bombardier CRJ900s are expected in July and September.

“These will be for regional travels. Recruitment of key staff for the National airline is completed,” he added.

Uganda Airline’s Bombardier CRJ900 aircrafts at the Old Entebbe Airport. Uganda Airlines is set to start operations in July 2019 after securing seven regional routes. (PHOTO/File)

Revival of the National Airline

Government revived the National carrier which had ceased operations by purchasing two Bombardier CRJ900s that were received on April 23, 2019.

Uganda Airlines secured routes in May and is set to start operations in July 2019 starting with seven routes in Africa.

The inaugural routes include Nairobi, Juba, Bujumbura, Khartoum, Mogadishu, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and later Johannesburg.

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