Addressing journalists at Civil Aviation Authority, offices in Entebbe, the Authority’s acting managing Director Dr. David Mpanga Kakuba revealed that preparations for restoring the national carrier -Uganda Airlines to fly again are in advanced stages, adding that the airline will hit the skies in December this year.
The airline has been down for close to two decades. The Uganda Airlines was launched by Idi Amin Dada (R.I.P) after the collapse of the East African Community.
“Uganda Airlines was scheduled to resume August 2017, but this was pushed to December 2017. We are determined to see it begin flying by December this year,” Dr. Mpanga told Journalists while giving an update on the progress of the expansion of Entebbe Airport project.
June last year, President told Cabinet that the lack of a national airline was “a big shame,” He criticised Kenyan, Ethiopia and South African “brothers” for ditching the comradeship and instead opting to exploit Ugandans.
The president directed the Minister for Works and Transport to conclude discussions with investors to help Uganda start a national airline as a matter of urgency.“Ugandan travellers are suffering because of, apparently, not having a national airline,” Mr Museveni said
“I thought that our brothers in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, etc. having airlines would serve all of us. That, however, is apparently not the case,” he said.
The Uganda Airlines, which was established in May 1976 under the Idi Amin government, was in 2001 liquated over heavy debts that stood at a tune of more than $6m (about Shs21b). The debt had been reduced from $12m (42.8b).
The president Uganda Airlines “would help us to save $420m per year Ugandans spend on travel”.