Angessa said that many of the airline companies across the world benefit most from the transportation of cargo across borders for export and import and thus a revived company such as Uganda Airlines would need to focus on increasing cargo transportation.
The former Country Director of Ethiopian Airlines Abebe Angessa has advised the Uganda National Airlines company to consider cargo
transportation and domestic travel as key components for the operations of the National
Flag Carrier –Uganda Airlines.
Angessa said that many of the
airline companies across the world benefit most from the transportation of
cargo across borders for export and import and thus a revived company such as
Uganda Airlines would need to focus on increasing cargo transportation.
To achieve this, he says, the airline company should
register in the cargo charter groups of the aviation industry, advance the
improvement in the use of the aviation world for export and import trading and
propose a broad domestic service plan to supplement the Entebbe Hub
Angessa also observes a need to market
Ugandan airfields in Arua, Gulu, Kasese, Mbarara, Murchison falls, Soroti,
Tororo and initiate the use of the current fleet of Uganda Airlines aircrafts to
increase both domestic and international traffic for the National Flag
He was speaking at the launch of
the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority Quarterly Magazine “Nyonyi” on Thursday
evening said that processes, like planning and strategizing, are extremely important
for a National Airline to thrive.
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The newly revived Uganda Airline now has a fleet of four
aircraft, all CRJ 900 series operating routes in East and Central Africa. Early
this year, the government equally firmed up its order for two A330-800
airliners, the latest version of Air Bus’ popular A330 wide-body airliner.
Currently, most people bringing
cargo into the country use the sea and road transport from Dar Es Salam and
Mombasa ports in Tanzania and Kenya, respectively. But Egesa says that the
trend can change if the National airline introduces flights from the different
ports and ensure safe and quick transportation of goods to and from
The same strategy was adopted by Kenya’s
National Carrier; Kenya Airways which now operates several flights with different
destinations within Kenya. For instance, the airline through its subsidiary
Jambo jet operates flights to Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret, Isiolo international
airports, among other destinations in Kenya.
Angessa says, whereas, there is a
lot of competition amongst the different airline companies across the region,
the operators should not look at one another as competitors but partners.
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Mike Ndawula, the Chairperson
Board of Directors, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority says that there is a need to
improve communication between the different aviation operators and the
regulator in order to ensure proper regulation and advancement of best
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The Aviation industry in Uganda
has since 2014 registered tremendous improvement amongst which include an
increase in passenger traffic and the amounts of cargo being brought in and out
of the country.
David Mpango Kakuba, the Director
General of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority says Uganda airlines has so far
made tremendous strides in air transport in the past three months that led to
an increase in the number of flights to major routes like Nairobi to 4 from the
initial two flights at the start of operations in August.
Ephraim Bagenda, the Chief
Executive Officer of the National Airline company indicated that the company
will greatly rely on the increasing traffic and economic growth within the
country to rally more clients to use the flagship carrier of the country.