Published on : Thursday, August 29, 2019
Uganda has relaunched its national carrier, Uganda Airlines, hoping to take a slice of the East African aviation business that is currently dominated by Ethiopian Airlines. The country is banking on its emerging oil industry and the country’s thriving tourism sector to generate international traffic to sustain the revitalised airline.
Over the next two decades, air traffic in Africa is forecast to grow six percent a year – twice as quickly as in mature markets. But still, most state-owned flag carriers on the continent are losing money.
The notable exception is Ethiopian Airlines, which analysts say has avoided the mistakes of other regional carriers by not falling prey to political interference.
Ugandan Airlines CEO Ephraim Bagenda said that this will undertake to be a world-class airline that will exceed customer expectations through high-quality service. The airline will initially fly to seven regional destinations in Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, and Burundi, the CEO said ahead of the inaugural flight to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. In November, the airline plans to launch flights to destinations in south and central Africa, he said.