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Government Sets August 2017 For Uganda Airlines Revival

In June this year, President Yoweri Museveni announced that government will kick start plans to revive the airlines, established in May 1976 during the late Idi Amins reign.
30 Nov 2016 17:21

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Government has set August 2017 to resume the flights of the defunct Uganda Airlines.

Aggrey Bagiire, the State Minister for Transport told MPs on the Physical Infrastructure committee today that a committee comprising of technocrats from the Works, Justice and Finance Ministries and Uganda Development Corporation, Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) and National Planning Authority (NPA) is currently working out modalities for the airline to kick off.

About Shillings 245 billion has been set aside as the initial  capital for the project, which will also see government get two airplanes, as it also sources for investors to lease them from.

The minister says by October 2017, Ugandans will be able to see the first airplane up in the skies.

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The new development is a departure from the July 2017 date set by the Uganda Development Corporation, the lead agency of the project.

Bagiire was responding to queries by legislators on the committee, including Paul Musoke, Buikwe North MP on progress on the revival of Uganda airlines, given the enthusiasm that the developments have drawn from the public and the business community.

Jonathan Odur, Erute South MP, wondered whether government plans to take over ground handling services given the fact that the sector is currently running under private companies.

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Rama Makuza, the Executive Director Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), says an experienced team will be appointed to run the airline and facilitate recruitment of staff.

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In June this year, President Yoweri Museveni announced that government will kick start plans to revive the airlines, established in May 1976 during the late Idi Amin's reign.

 

Uganda Airlines was liquidated in 2001 due to debts amounting to about Shillings 21 billion. In his justification, the President said a national airline would help the country save 420 million dollars annually spent on air travel.

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