President Museveni has reiterated his determination to see Uganda Airlines revived, Chimp Corps report.
Museveni told the Uganda-Sudan Business Forum on Monday that the Government of Uganda is “finalising efforts to revitalize Uganda Airlines.”
He further told the meeting attended by Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir that “once operationalised, Khartoum will be one of the Airline’s first destinations.”
The viability of the airlines remains a stick issue as the country prepares to sink millions of dollars into the revival of an international airline.
Established under President Idi Amin in 197, Uganda Airlines was liquidated in 2001 after accumulating losses due to lack of equipment, low numbers of travelers, cost of fuel, management practices and competition.
The Director Airports and Aviation Security in CAA, Dr. John Tusubira Kagolo recently said a lot of ground work has been done to ensure the nation airline resumes after a being down for close to two decades.
He said that with the resumption of the carrier, marketing of the country’s tourist attractions will be easy.
“We will now be able to advertise our country using our own airline other than using other airlines,” he said.
Air Uganda, a private company attempted to fill the shoes as the national carrier but was also grounded in 2014 after CAA revoked its operating Licence.
But President Museveni in June last year ordered for the revival of the airline, describing the lack of it as a big shame.
Earlier this year, cabinet passed a resolution to revive the airline to boost the country’s air transport system and boost its trade and development prospects in the region.
President Museveni believes once revived, the Uganda Airlines will succeed mainly because of the direct travel opportunities that it will offer its Ugandans in the Diaspora, business community, tourists and the vast domestic travel opportunities.
“I am convinced that Uganda airline will succeed mainly because of six factors: Ugandans in the Diaspora, the Indian community, businessmen, tourists, regional traffic and internal travel,” he said.
President Museveni explained that the Ugandans in the Diaspora especially in South Africa, Canada and United State of America and Indians who were expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin in the United Kingdom are inconvenienced by other airlines that must pass through their Capitals but once Uganda Airlines is revived they will benefit from direct travel.
“Uganda has a captive travelling population. Many people want a flying schedule that suits them and yet most of the airlines look at nationalism and must first pass through their countries of origin,” he said.
He said that once the airline is revived and Ugandan tourist sites will be well marketed to the world in a way that no country would compete with Uganda.
“In terms of tourism, no country can compete with Uganda if we have an airline and promote our nice weather, wildlife and the other tourist attractions,” he said.
President Museveni also said that Uganda airline will survive once revived because there are many industries developing in the country that will use the airline to export their products.
He said this would increase the number of exports and reduce of imports thus earning Uganda foreign revenue.
President Museveni added that regional travel and internal travel would also ensure that the airline survives.
“Although Uganda is not big geographically, the road network is improving, there is a need among Ugandans to spend less time travelling,” he said.
He also explained that there are many Ugandans traveling and exporting cargo to Bunya in Democratic Republic of Congo, Juba in South Sudan, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Lagos in Nigeria and the airline would make their travel and business faster and more direct.
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