Uganda Airlines set to fly again after 2001
June 27, 2016: Uganda Airlines could take to the skies again following a change in the wind from the Uganda Government to revive the defunct national carrier. Uganda Airlines last flew in 2001.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, in his first address to the recently sworn-in Cabinet on, called the lack of a national airline “a big shame,” criticising the high fares between Entebbe and the regional African capitals.
After the departure of Uganda Airlines, several private airlines took to the skies. But this was short-lived, with the last flyer being Air Uganda, whose departure saw the 45-minute flight from Entebbe to Nairobi rise to $1,000.
President Museveni has now directed the Ministry of Works and Transport to conclude discussions with investors to help Uganda start a national airline as a matter of urgency.
President Museveni, says, “A National Airline would help us to save US$420 million per year Ugandans spend on travel. The National Airline will also create jobs and career opportunities for our children who train as pilots at Soroti Flying School. These children apparently suffer when they try to get jobs. Apart from joining the Uganda Air Force, opportunities for them are very limited. The airlines of our brothers and sisters that benefit from [the] Ugandan market should have remembered to treat our children as their own, because our purchasing power is supporting those airlines.”
The Uganda Airlines, which was established in May 1976 under the Idi Amin government, was in 2001 liquated over heavy debts.