The General Sales Agent (GSA) Arab Air in Uganda Mr Ibrahim Abdisalam, has said the airline company is set to increase it’s frequency in the country in order to serve the large demand and market opportunity for Ugandans travelling to and from the United Arab Emirates.
“After a long study we managed to successfully start our flights today to Entebbe, which brought about 8o passengers, the returning flight back was fully booked. We hope all the next flights will be fully booked, we shall be operating three flights a week, on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday” he said.
Mr Abdisalam made the remarks on Sunday as the newest airline on the Ugandan aviation network made it’s first direct flight from Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Entebbe International Airport.
The minister of state for works in charge of transport Mr Fred Byamukama said the airlines introduction on the aviation sector will boost business for Ugandans.
“Ugandans practice agriculture hence producing different products that have market in the UAE but face difficulty in transporting them because of logistics, with the timely introduction of direct flights with the Air Arab airline, Ugandans will have increased business that will benefit even the local Ugandans” he said.
Mr Byamukama said the expansion of the Airport will enable the increasing number of airlines operating in Uganda conduct business smoothly.
“Many airlines are coming in, they need to operate in a safe environment, that is why government had anticipated it earlier to expand the airport” he said.
The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) Director airports and aviation security Mr Ayub Sooma said addition of airline operators will help achieve the government’s objective of developing an air transport sector network that will connect Uganda to all major cities in the world.
“Government is implementing the first phase for the upgrade and expansion of facilities at Entebbe International Airport worth $200 m. This is intended to accommodate current and future air traffic and also make it comply with the international Civil Aviation Organizations’ (ICAO) safety requirements. Phase 1 of the construction is almost completed, awaiting to kick start the phase 2 worth $125 million” he said.
Mr Sooma said plans are underway to improve and upgrade facilities at the regional and upcountry aerodromes to meet international standards and open new routes through signing of more bilateral air services agreements.
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