The NRM (National Resistance Movement) is the ruling political
party in Uganda.
The country in April received two new CRJ900 Bombardier
aircraft, with two more expected next month.
The country also expects two airbuses in 2020.
Uganda Airlines launches
direct flights to Somalia amid improved security
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Uganda Airlines on Thursday
launched its direct flights from Entebbe to Somali capital,
Mogadishu, joining the growing list of international airlines
that fly into the Horn of Africa nation.
Abdullahi Godah Barre, Somali Minister of Education who
welcomed the inaugural flight said Uganda was a popular
destination for Somalis seeking education opportunities and
direct flights would further boost the ties between the two
"Uganda comes after Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Turkey in
attracting students from Somalia," Abdullahi said in a statement
issued in Mogadishu.
He added that the presence of international airlines is
testimony that Somalia is consolidating its peace and security,
and is open for business.
Somalia, which is witnessing an impressive growth of its
aviation sector, is now attracting some of the world’s best
known international airlines due to improving peace and security
as well as expanding business opportunities across the country.
Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopia Airlines, and Qatar
Airlines are some of the airlines that operate regular flights
Jennifer Bamuturaki, airline’s commercial director said they
have started with four flights a week, and expect to increase.
"We will be flying into Mogadishu four times a week, every
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
"We are expecting two more Bombardier planes in October this
"Once we have the aircraft delivered to our fleet, we will
increase our flights to Mogadishu to six times a week," said
Abdulkadir Ahmed Kheyr Abdi, Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs and International Cooperation, cited the previously
lengthy transit hours that passengers travelling between Entebbe
and Mogadishu had to endure, but now this would be a story of
"We have many passengers who travel, but there were no direct
flights and they had to suffer lengthy waiting times and other
inconveniences," Abdulkadir said.
Uganda sets launch of commercial flights for new look