Air Uganda to add more flights


UGANDA (eTN) – Earlier this week Air Uganda’s new CEO Kayle Haywood announced plans to increase the airline’s flights between Entebbe and Nairobi to 19 per week beginning in early 2012, arguably referring to their early afternoon departure, which has so far only operated on those days seen able to support a third daily flight.

The added frequencies will operate according to a source close to the airline from Monday to Friday, but not on weekends when a morning and evening service will be available.

It was also confirmed, at last, that Juba will get additional flights. Presently, the airline flies daily with one added flight so far, which will go up to 12 overall from January when at least on 5 days, again thought to be on days supporting a second frequency, a double daily will become available.

Talk about domestic routes though was taken with a grain of salt, as the volume of domestic flights has progressively reduced since peace was restored in the north of the country a few years ago. The only airline now flying domestic schedule services, Eagle, is said to be struggling with this factor that many erstwhile passengers are now traveling on very good bitumen roads to such places as Arua or Gulu, which in the past were only safe to reach by air.