Covid-19: Uganda Airlines Temporarily Bans Flights To Dubai

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.

Kampala:  Following the decision by the United Arab Emirates to temporarily suspend flights from Entebbe, Uganda Airlines has also suspended passenger operations to Dubai till further notice.

Uganda Airlines has however said that inbound flights will continue to carry passengers and cargo from Dubai to Entebbe.

Uganda airlines commenced its Dubai flights on October 4 and have been operating the route with its brand new Airbus A330 aircraft.

The above announcement follows that of RwandAir which on Monday announced plans to temporarily suspend its Dubai route due to the rising COVID-19 cases.

Statement From Uganda Airlines

The development comes amid a surge of infections in the UAE, posing a direct challenge to the mass testing regime that has been the pillar of the country’s coronavirus response and economic reopening.

Dubai is one of the world’s first destinations to open up to tourists, welcoming visitors from anywhere with only a coronavirus test.

The ban has also affected labor companies since most of their clients in the Middle East use Dubai airport to connect to other airports. Dozens of business people along with investors have also been affected.

Passengers on direct and transit flights from Uganda and other seven African countries will not be permitted to travel to Dubai, one of the top four routes from Entebbe International Airport.

Meanwhile, the ban that took effect yesterday left dozens of passengers stranded at Entebbe International Airport and several others, including a national football team- the Uganda Cranes, which was forced to cancel their scheduled trip to UAE.

Some airlines like Emirates advised their customers not to call them immediately for rebooking saying they can simply hold on to their tickets and when flights resume, they can get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans.

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