East African Community takes a big leap in Aviation after Uganda’s official carrier, Uganda Airlines took to the skies after 18 years of hiatus status.
Landing from Entebbe airport to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Ugandan flight carried onboard its bombardier aircraft, government officials, members of the business community, media and other partners, looking to boost relations between Uganda and Kenya.
According to reports, Ugandan Airlines’ flight schedule will be making two daily flights to Nairobi. This is after the Ugandan Aviation authority realized that majority of Kenyans and Ugandans have expressed interests in more flight schedules between the two countries.
”The revival of the brand, (originally founded by dictator Idi Amin in 1977 but grounded in 2001 due to financial cponstrains,) will capitalize on opportunities in agriculture, minerals, tourism and oil and gas sectors,” said Monica Ntege Azuba, Uganda’s Minister of Works and Transport.
Recent years have seen growing international interest in Uganda as a vacation destination with travelers drawn by beautiful national parks, beach resorts and wildlife such as rare mountain gorillas.
However, despite the goodwill of the East African Community, many are skeptical of the increased competition between East African countries, being that multiple Airlines including JamboJet, and Kenya Airways, which frequent the neigbourinh countries.