<p style="text-align: justify;">Jan 4, 2016: Ugandan government has set August as the month when Uganda Airlines will fly again after over 16 years of being rendered inoperable.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">According to media reports, the government is in advanced negotiations with aircraft manufacturers <a title="Bombardier" href="http://www.bombardier.com/en/home.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bombardier</a> and <a title="Airbus" href="http://www.airbus.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Airbus</a> for lease of planes to make the initial fleet.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"Reviving the national carrier is a process, so we must move carefully and follow every step properly, but I can assure you, a decision was made and our plans are now in advanced stages. Uganda Airlines will be flying again next year," Works and Transport State Minister AggreyBagiire said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Media reports suggest that the government will initially lease at least six aircraft, four for short-haul regional flights and two for long-haul.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Regional carriers, particularly Kenya Airways which has for the past 15 years operated Entebbe like a domestic hub, are likely to suffer loss of revenue as Uganda seeks to claw back regional routes to kick-start an ambitious global outreach.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Others likely to be affected are RwandAir, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airlines.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p>