Uganda Airlines has Wednesday made its maiden direct flight from Entebbe airport to Kilimanjaro in the neighbouring Tanzania.
The national carrier said they registered no delays as the flight set off at the same time this morning as scheduled.
By lunchtime, the CRJ900 Bombardier touched down successfully at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania.
Richard Kabonero, the High Commissioner of Uganda to United Republic of Tanzania, said he was very glad the relationship between Uganda and Tanzania is continuously growing.
“This is a strong foundation for our economic growth. The new route (Entebbe-Kilimanjaro) is a brilliant enabler,” he said while meeting officials who had just landed.
Hon Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, represented Uganda at the celebrations of the established new route.
Speaking at the launch, Hon Kamuntu said the relationship of Uganda and Tanzania goes deep into blood.
“Very many Tanzanians stayed for long in Uganda and intermarried with our people.”
He added: “Entebbe-Kilimanjaro route is a gift for citizens to see relatives more regularly and promote tourism.”
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Among other countries, Uganda airlines destinations are; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan with the existing CRJ900 Bombardiers.