The republic of Uganda is set to acquire a new national carrier to keep pace with its regional neighbors.
Uganda had a national carrier, Uganda Airlines established in 1976. However it was liquidated in may 2001 after plans by the government to privatize it hit a snag when all potential bidders decided otherwise.
British Airways, SA Alliance, Kenya Airways, Sabena, Air Mauritius and Johannesburg based Inter Air were among the bidders.
As the volume of air traffic increases spurred on by a tourism boom, aviation authorities have revealed plans to re introduce a state owned national airline to keep pace with Uganda’s East African Neighbors.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority’s Managing Director, Dr. Rama Makuza, the body has plans to upgrade the airport including other upcountry aerodromes so they can have the capacity to host bigger aircraft.
“We are planning for a second run away to accommodate bigger planes like those owned by Qatar and Emirates Airways because currently they cannot land here and even for smaller aerodromes like Kasese, Gulu and Arua, we want to expand them to accommodate planes to the magnitude of the Boeng 737” Makuza said
The Civil Aviation Authority revealed this during an interaction with the media where the body also announced the December Aviation week to celebrate Uganda’s 50 years of independence.
The event that will take place mid next month will include aero fly past displays, static exhibitions and public leisure flights.