DUBAI — Uganda Airlines Acting CEO Jennifer Bamuturaki has spoken out about Uganda’s first two international flights to United Arab Emirates —Dubai —describing them as huge success.
Bamuturaki who is representing Uganda Airlines at the Dubai expo said that the Crane (as the aircraft is named) that flies to Dubai is a three class with Business, Premium economy, and Economy class.
She told reporters at the official launch official launch of the Dubai route on Saturday Occidental Hotel in Dubai.
“We were overwhelmed by the numbers on the second flight. We listened to our customers and gave them what they wanted,” Ms. Bamuturaki said.
She revealed tha Ugandan many traders have already embraced the Crane.
Uganda Airlines launched its inaugural flight to Dubai on Monday, October 4, 2021, from Entebbe International Airport. The launch of the Entebbe/Dubai route comes just in time for the start of the Dubai Expo 2020 that runs for 6 months from October 5, 2021, to March 31, 2022, where Uganda was offered a 213-square-meter 2-floor Pavilion in the Opportunity Thematic District.
The 289 capacity Airbus Neo A 300-800 series took to the skies at approximately 12:18 pm with 76 passengers on board including the Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Honorable Tom Butime, marking the first international route for the national carrier since the airline was revamped in 2018.
The flight was flagged off by the Minister of State for Works and Transport, Honorable Fred Byamukama, who acknowledged that the inaugural flight to Dubai had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On touchdown at Dubai International Airport, Dubai Airports Deputy CEO, Jamal Al Hai, welcomed the Uganda delegation including Honorable Tom Butime; Uganda Airlines Acting CEO, Jennifer Bamuturaki; Abdalla Hassan Al Shamsi, Ambassador of the UAE in Uganda; and Zaake Wanume Kibedi, Ambassador of Uganda to UAE.
The second flight which took to the skies on Saturday night at approximately 10:18 pm with over 250 passengers on board.
The airline will start with 3 weekly flights to Dubai, with days and times carefully selected to match travelers’ convenience and connectivity. This route presents cheaper Dubai flights for Ugandans and also puts Uganda Airlines in direct competition with other airlines including FlyDubai, Emirates, and Ethiopian Airways.
Dubai routing is the latest addition to Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mogadishu, Bujumbura, and Juba out of Entebbe.
UAE is also a popular destination for Ugandan middle-class couples, incentive groups, the business community, and families who wish to enjoy the splendor of man-made attractions, like Ferrari World, shopping, the Burj Khalifa cruises, Atlantis, Palm islands, and Formula One with less visa hassle compared to destinations offering similar attractions within only 4 hours by direct flight.
Uganda Airlines, Uganda main flag carrier began its maiden long-haul flights with the launch of Dubai flights from/from Entebbe (EBB) on 04th October 2021.
Entebbe Airport establishes a three times weekly link to the business and holiday center of Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirate.
Uganda airline now serving 10 African destinations and one international destination from the main hub at Entebbe International Airport including Dubai flights (United Arab Emirates) Nairobi flights (Kenya), Dar es Salaam flights (Tanzania), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC), Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia), Bujumbura (Burundi) , Tanzania island town of Zanzibar, Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).
With the issuance of its operating license and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) on 23 August, 2021, the young national airline Uganda Airlines had successfully completed the protracted 5-phased certification process that saw the carrier’s pair of A330s grounded in Entebbe international airport.
Uganda airlines now can switch between the CRJ-900 and the higher capacity A330 on services, depending on passenger and cargo demand.
Uganda Airlines A330s will be used on long haul services to Dubai, London, Mumbai, and Guangzhou.
Uganda joined over 190 countries and international organizations to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai UAE
Uganda is participating at the 2020 Expo Dubai United Arab Emirates (UAE) on invitation by the organizer – the Government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the International Bureau of Expositions.
The theme of the Expo 2020 Dubai UAE is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” with three (3) sub-themes of “Mobility”, “Opportunity” and “Sustainability.” Uganda is participating under the “Opportunity” sub-theme.
According to John Mulimba, Uganda Minister Of State for Foreign Affairs/Regional Affairs, Uganda’s objectives for participation in 2020 Expo Dubai UAE include;
“To promote trade between Uganda and the greater Middle East market which had a total import bill of US$ 1.889 billion in 2020, initially targeting; United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia; Turkey; Qatar and Oman.”
The Dubai Expo 2020 runs from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022 in the United Arab Emirates, twelve (12) months from the scheduled date due to COVID 19 pandemic.
Uganda reopened its borders and airports for international visitors in October 2020. In order to visit Uganda, travelers will be required to do a health screening and follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
All visitors are required to complete a negative COVID-19 test within a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival and submit the test results within 2 days of departure for Uganda.
All arriving passengers will be required to undergo body temperature scans and may be requested to take another COVID-19 test.
Airlines of both countries Uganda and United Arab Emirates can now carry out three flights per week from Entebbe to Dubai and five times per week from Dubai to Entebbe.
Entebbe International Airport short for Entebbe Airport or (EBB), is the international airport serving the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and is the largest of the country’s main commercial airport.
Entebbe International Airport is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) by road south-west of the central business district of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.
Entebbe Airport arrivals and departures. All International flights arrive at Entebbe airport, including some of Europe’s best air careers.
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