By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: In a bid to boost and revive the local tourism industry, the government of Uganda has cleared Bar Aviation, an air travel company, to provide direct local flights to the different tourism destinations in Uganda.
This has been confirmed by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) Spokesman Vianney Luggya saying Bar Aviation will officially launch its services effective 1st February 2022.
“With a planned commencement of flights, it’s our hope that bar Aviation is going to contribute to the domestic traffic. Tourists don’t have to go through the road hustle now, so we highly recommend this,” Luggya said in a statement.
According to the Country Manager, Anthony Njoroge, Bar Aviation will have daily scheduled flights to the National Parks (Chobe, Bugungu, Pakwach, Pakuba, Mweya, Kasese, Semuliki, Kihihi, Kisoro) from Entebbe International Airport. Prices have not been communicated yet but industry colleagues say they are likely to be “very competitive”.
“Bar Aviation’s partnership with Uganda Airlines, which will allow international tourists to book flights all the way to the National Parks when booking their international travel,” Njoroge said.
Bar Aviation flights to Arua from Kajjansi Airfield will depart every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Kajjansi’s proximity to Kampala is ideal for the capital’s business travelers.
Bar Aviation’s fleet comprises small planes (max. 12 passengers) and helicopters for scheduled flights, charters, and ‘medevac’ medical emergencies. Bar aviation also has a flight training academy.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Bar Aviation Uganda and Uganda Airlines as the preferred local carrier and an interline for domestic flights in Uganda.
“Bar Aviation is giving us an opportunity to enjoy our tourism experience on the road. We pledge to give you all the necessary support from us the head tourism marketing arm of tourism in Uganda,” Claire Mugabi, the Marketing Manager Uganda Tourism Board, said.
“It’s important to have a local operator of this kind for scheduled flights,” Shakira Namara Uganda Airlines Marketing Manager said.
It’s worth noting that last week President Museveni launched a new campaign dubbed ‘Explore Uganda, The Pearl of Africa in which he called upon the international community and local tourists to embrace Uganda as a tourist destination again, after two years of low business.
According to the records before the outbreak two years ago, Uganda’s tourism sector was earning the country $1.2 billion dollars or about Sh3.7 trillion in 2019, from 1.6 million visitors. Income from foreign tourists accounted for more than 60 percent of these totals.