The Airline carried 77,355 passengers for the year ended June 2020, registering a shortfall of 10 per cent from its target of 85,760 passengers. This also meant that predicted income of 31.5 billion Shillings was not attained, and instead, the airline generated 25.2 billion Shillings. However, the airline made an additional 14.8 billion Shillings from 26,394 passengers at the end of December 2020.
The list of countries where Tanzania, a key partner in the East African Community, is not named has, however, instigated fights in the region. The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority has consequently banned Kenya Airways from flying to Dar Es Salaam.
In a promotional video, Cornwell Muleya, the company acting CEO, said they hope to receive the wide body aircraft by December, a slight delay from the earlier plan of October 2020 – consequently pushing the start of international flights to next year.
Abbavater has been Uganda Airlines brand and communications agency since April 2019, when the airline was officially launched and brought in the first two planes. But the company’s employees have not been paid for the month of February and March.
“Following the spread of COVID-19 and the control measures put in place by various countries to contain its spread; In compliance with health and safety guidelines, operational requirements and regulatory obligations, we wish to communicate changes to flight operations,” reads a statement on the website of Uganda Airlines.
Businessman Peter Ssenkungu said that he chose to fly Uganda Airlines because he had planned a trip to Nairobi and the airline gave a good bargain. Ssenkungu who travels to Nairobi at least twice a month said that his decision to use the newly revamped national carrier was to give back to his country.
Uganda has already received two planes and two more are expected in September 2019. But last month, Bombardier, the company which sold Uganda the first planes, sold its Canadair regional jet program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in a deal that includes maintenance and global support facilities from the Canadian aerospace firm.