Uganda airlines has Monday morning launched its first maiden direct flights from Entebbe to Mombasa, the coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean.
Today’s first commercial direct flight to Mombasa was being manned by Captain Clive Okoth, Co-Pilot Ivan Massa and Engineer Joseph Lukwago.
“UR 342 Entebbe-Mombasa fully boarded. Capt Clive Okoth and First Officer Massa Ivan in the cockpit as we make our maiden flight,” the airlines tweeted ahead of the flight.
The first aircraft had been programmed to leave Entebbe at 11:30am and touch down at Moi International Airport at 1pm.
SoftPower Communications director Sarah Kagingo was among those on board and she managed to capture some of the most amazing moments.
The airline will be flying to Mombasa three times a week in a move expected to boost the tourism industry.
The direct flights between Mombasa city and Entebbe will also boost trade between Kenya and Uganda.
According to UN Commission for Trade, Uganda exported $580M worth of goods to Kenya and significantly reduced its trade deficit, said Duncan Abigaba, the Deputy Head of Government Citizen Interaction Centre.
Meanwhile, Uganda is set to receive two Airbuses in 2020 which will help the country to compete internationally, according to the Director General Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), Dr David Kakuba.