Uganda’s national carrier, Uganda airlines has begun direct flights to Dubai, the first intercontinental flight for the carrier since it was revamped two years ago.
This comes after the UAE took Uganda off its Red List last month, allowing the airline to proceed with plans to fly to Dubai.
According to the airline, the UAE, and most especially Dubai, is important for both the formal and informal trade for Uganda, and is thus looking to tap into that demand for traders travelling to the middle and Far East.
Considering Dubai’s strategic location, Uganda Airlines hopes to tap into the connectivity that the destination offers into Europe, the far West and Far East through signing interline agreements with bigger players operating in Dubai.
Uganda Airlines is currently plying regional routes using four bombardier CRJ900 crafts. Currently, the airline plies regional routes to Dar es Salaam, Juba, Kilimanjaro, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Harare, Kinshasa and Johannesburg.
In addition to its already existing regional network, the airline planned to fly to Guangzhou, London and Mumbai by September but a series of issues made it postpone its plans to between October this year and early next year.