Uganda Airlines has successfully obtained landing slots at United Kingdom’s London Heathrow Airpot (LHR) and Dubai International Airport(DXB) in the United Arab Emirates. The national carrier announced this new accomplishment through a press release on 3rd March.
This comes as the airline that looks to add inter-continental flights to their schedule currently, which is limited to regional flights having recently acquired two Airbus A330neo aircraft.
The landing slot in Dubai is a significant hurdle achieved by the airlines due to the city being a business hub. Many traders frequent the Middle-East to get products at fair prices and hope Uganda Airlines can better the existing offers on the market.
The booming labour trade in the Middle-East that has attracted many Africans makes this route a busy one.
Uganda Airlines will start inter-continental operations to Europe, Asia and the Middle-East, after completing the ongoing A330-800neo aircraft Certification process with the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.
This is a five-phase program which once complete, will result in the addition of the aircraft to the Uganda Airlines Air Operator Certificate (AOC)Uganda Airlines Statement
London, Dubai, Guangzhou and India’s Mumbai appear to the airline’s dream destinations for the A330. Putting landing slots in London and Dubai on the lock isn’t hindering the process of obtaining traffic rights, foreign air operator permits and landing approvals in the other cities.
The national carrier intends to operate direct flights from Entebbe Airport to these cities.
Brief History about Uganda Airlines
Following massive losses at the end of the 20th century, Uganda Airlines was liquidated in 2001. Reviving it was one of President Museveni’s promises in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls. In August 2019, the promise came to pass as Uganda welcomed four Bombardiers CRJ900.
The bombardiers have since been operating the regional routes moving as far Mogadishu.
That was not the end as two airbuses have since been added on to the fleet with one arriving in December and the other landing in Entebbe last month.