Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said the Uganda airlines will boost regional trade especially for Ugandans since it will ease transport means.
Rugunda was Tuesday launching the inaugural flight to Nairobi on behalf of Vice President Edward Ssekandi at Entebbe international airport.
“As we launch commercial flights, two of the aircraft were delivered, tested and cleared to fly and the other two will be delivered,” Rugunda said.
He added: “Today we stand here as witnesses to this historic moment when our national carrier takes to the sky.”
According to Rugunda, all neighbours Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, among other nations will easily access the market and easily connect to their destinations.
There has never been a better time to commence commercial flights than now, he noted.
“Fellow Ugandans, our proud national carrier presents opportunities across all sectors. As you have been told, the airline will first fly to 7 destinations starting with Nairobi, Juba, Mogadishu and Dar Es Salaam. Therefore, its success will lead to the development of Uganda.”
President Museveni in his speech said that the NRM in 2016 promised to revive the national airline because Uganda was donating huge sums of money to other countries through travel.
Rugunda asked the airlines to take advantage of Uganda’s natural endowments.
He said this is the best time because passenger traffic is growing due to increased demand for Uganda’s tourism.
Works and Transport minister Monica Azuba Ntege said the first commercial flight will be tomorrow Wednesday 28th Aug 2019.
On April 23rd this year, Uganda took delivery of its first two CRJ 900 aircraft.
Two additional CRJ 900 aircraft shall be delivered in October this year and by the close of 2020, two wide-body Airbus A330 Neo, will be delivered to conduct long haul flights.