Starting 1st October 2020, commercial passenger flights will return to Entebbe International Airport on October after nearly six months of closure.
President Museveni closed the Airport to all commercial flights on March 22, 2020 and only allowed cargo and UN planes carrying humanitarian emergency in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19.
According to the statement dated 8th September and issued by Al Haji Eng. Sooma Ayub, the Director Airport and Aviation Security, 13 flights, to and from the airport have been cleared for the first day, while 10 flights are confirmed for the second day.
Airlines expected to resume flights in Uganda include the national carrier Uganda Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian Airlines, FlyDubai, RwandAir, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Brussels Airlines, and Tarco Aviation.
The UCAA says the reopening will see the number of flights handled at the airport increasing gradually. The regulator also gave details of a revised weekly flight schedule for the first phase of the reopening which runs for three months.
Government recently set strict aviation guidelines for airlines and travellers before reopening Entebbe International Airport.
As part of the requirements, the airlines shall ensure that travellers arrive at the airport at least four hours to boarding in order to go through health and security screening requirements.
All persons entering the airport shall wear Ministry of Health approved face masks, go through thermo screening, hand wash and sanitize hands and body at different stages.
every traveler will need a COVID-19 certificate issued within 10 days before travel.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Uganda on Tuesday donated an assortment of equipment and supplies to support Entebbe Airport as it prepares to reopen: the equipment and supplies include stand-alone air conditioners, automated sanitizers, automatic Computerized Thermo scanner, automatic walk-through booth disinfector with temperature reading, infection prevention and control items (hand washing equipment, sanitizers, gloves etc), and personal protective equipment (infrared thermometers, masks, gloves).