Uganda has announced plans to revive its national carrier. The plan was revealed by President Yoweri Museveni in the Ugandan Parliament on June 6, where Museveni said that the government would reinstate the airline “to invigorate our services sector”. In May, it was reported that the government had made a deposit to purchase six aircraft for Uganda Airlines, which operated from 1976 until 2001.
According to Museveni, Ugandans spend $430m (€365m) on air travel annually. The president believes that reviving a national carrier will mean this money will remain in Uganda, saying “this hemorrhaging must stop”.
Currently, Uganda’s only international airport is in Entebbe, south of the capital city Kampala. Entebbe International Airport is being expanded to handle more passengers and cargo. Additionally, a second international airport is planned for the western region of the country to service the area being boosted by an emerging crude oil industry.
Major airlines operating in the region currently include Kenya Airways, Ethiopia Airlines, RwandAir and SAA.
Kenya Airways and its low-cost subsidiary JamboJet, currently dominate the East African region, particularly within Uganda. Between the two airlines, there are seven flights daily between Entebbe and Nairobi.