Gulf Air returns to Entebbe, launches Juba flights


(eTN) – It was just learned that Gulf Air is joining the growing number of airlines flying to Entebbe, as it intends to resume flights from early December onwards.

Only few weeks ago the news came, that Qatar Airways would begin daily flights to Entebbe from Doha, and now Gulf will follow their ‘cousins’ by resuming flights to the Pearl of Africa.

The added capacity of an Airbus A320 will boost passenger numbers, and be a boon for exporters, as the cargo hold can be loaded with ‘loose’ cargo, i.e. flowers or chilled fish, fruits and vegetables, which are all in great demand in all of the Gulf states.

Tourism, trade and investments are bound to benefit from the added promotion Gulf will afford their latest destination, and the ticket prices will stay leveled, or might even drop, as some special promotions would undoubtedly run in Uganda, as well as across the entire Gulf Air network.

In a related development it was also learned that starting in December, Gulf Air will also fly to Juba, the capital of the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. That route will initially see three flights a week, also to be operated by an Airbus A 320. In this case the Gulf Air has beaten its bigger rivals like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Ethihad, as well as low cost carriers, such as Air Arabia and Fly Dubai to the punch, and will try to capitalize on its presence in South Sudan as THE airline from the Gulf which came first to Juba ahead of the major players. This initiative will certainly prompt ‘the others’ to take a keen look at Juba and yet more carriers based in the Gulf region may pick that route too, rather sooner than later.

For now however it is Happy Landings to Gulf Air on their return to Entebbe and for their new destination Juba. Watch this space for the freshest aviation news from Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean region.