Uganda Airlines, a start-up and national carrier which launched in August last year, has just taken delivery of one of two A330-800neo aircraft intended for long-haul routes from its Entebbe hub to Dubai, Guangzhou and London.
Johannesburg too is on the cards, and the carrier reportedly already has permission to fly to ORTIA, but it is unclear which aircraft will be deployed on this route. Uganda Airlines currently only has four Bombardier CRJ-900s in its fleet. It usually operates routes throughout East Africa.
Operations to ORTIA, initially scheduled to begin in March, are now set to commence within ‘the coming weeks’, according to a news report by Simpleflying.com.
In an interview with NTV Uganda, airline CEO, Cornwell Muleya, did not specifically comment on the Johannesburg route but did say Uganda Airlines was exploring routes across Southern and West Africa.
Health and safety
On October 1, Uganda reopened its borders and Entebbe International Airport resumed operations for international airlines following a six-month closure during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.