By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Just a few weeks after Uganda’s national carrier, Uganda Airlines launched flights to Dubai, now the latest development is that the Entebbe-based Airline is in the final stages of launching direct flights from Entebbe to China’s Guangzhou city.
The revelation was made by the state Minister for transport, Fred Byamukama while receiving a donation of COVID-19 equipment from China.
According to Byamukama, this intercontinental flight will kick off in April 2022 which is just a few months from now.
“The national airline is already contributing to the competitiveness of air transport in the region and beyond. Since the commencement of flights to Dubai, more businessmen are plying that route, and there are future plans to commence direct flights to China, which is one of the very popular destinations for Ugandans. This is expected to be accomplished in April 2022, which is a great opportunity for business and people to people interaction.” Byamukama said.
China and Uganda in 2019 agreed to lift their relations to a comprehensive cooperative partnership. The two countries work jointly to implement the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Beijing Summit held in September 2018.
Guangzhou will be Uganda Airlines’ second intercontinental flight in addition to the previously launched Dubai flights. Previously the airline has only operated within Africa, but from October 04, 2021, the airline connects Entebbe International Airport in Uganda with Dubai. For Ugandans, this is supposed to translate to cheaper Dubai flights and put it in direct competition with FlyDubai, Emirates, and Ethiopian Airways.
It’s worth noting that previously the Airline announced that starting 4th October 2021, will be offering space for three pieces of luggage each weighing 23kgs at no extra cost, the same day Dubai flights are kicking off.