Brexit Delays Uganda Airlines Plan To Launch Flights To London
By Uganda Online Media
President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.
“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.
Entebbe: United Kingdom’s decision to exit from the European Union has delayed Uganda’s national carrier, Uganda Airlines to launch direct flights to London.
This has been revealed by Jenifer Bamuturaki, the Acting CEO of Uganda Airlines saying the airline has to wait for the UK Civil Aviation Authority to issue guidelines and aviation certification requirements to operate flights to London.
According to Bamuturaki, the UK Civil Aviation Authority held a meeting with officials from Uganda Airlines, the Uganda Mission in London, and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority in May 2021, after which it was announced that Uganda would commence flights in September 2021.
However, the UK Civil Aviation Authority notified Uganda last October that the airline would have to apply for a third country operator’s permit, a process that takes not less than six months. She is now optimistic that flights to London will commence in June 2022.
UK CAA noted that to continue operations to the UK after its exit from the EU, a valid Third Country Operators certificate must be in place. “If you currently hold a UK-TCO, then that remains in force until further notice and no further action is necessary.”
Before the exit, also known as Brexit, airlines operating flights to the UK and other EU countries would apply for certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency-EASA. But after Brexit, new Airlines must apply for a country operator’s permit from the UK, a process that takes longer compared to the EU timelines.
Uganda Airlines secured slots for departures and landing at London Heathrow Airport after receiving its two Airbus A330-800 Neo aircraft in December 2020 and February 2021. The airline had earlier submitted an application for an Air Operator’s Certificate to operate in the UK and expected to commence the flights in January 2021. However, this had not been issued.
Meanwhile, Michael Kaliisa, the Manager Corporate Quality at Uganda Airlines says the airline is seeking approval for the permit to fly, and also sourcing for service providers for catering, fuel, and airport staff among others at London Heathrow Airport.