BY JOHNISANI OCAKACON
KAMPALA: MONDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2021
The Uganda Airlines has made its maiden flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), keeping a promise made earlier by the Jenifer Bamuturaki, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Airlines Corporation.
It is the first commercial flight of Uganda Airlines out of Africa since the national carrier began flight operation in 2019.
Ever since, the Uganda Airlines has flown to Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, and Tanzania.
Bamuturake said they would be providing excellent services on this international route characterized by Ugandan music and Ugandan foods.
“The airline has ensured all its billboards & general branding that tells the Ugandan storie as well as that of select destinations” she added.
Uganda Airlines’ flight UR 444 while departing Entebbe International Airport for Dubai had 71 passengers and 30 tons of cargo on board.
John Mulimba, Minister of State for Foreign/Regional Affairs in his analysis said there is great untapped market potential in UAE for products such as coffee whose current market size is USD$1.1billion but Uganda’s market share is only USD$ 11million.
The minister said tea has global market size of USD$1.2 billion but Uganda’s market share is only USD$220,000 and milk powder has world market size of USD$2.85 billion but Uganda’s market share is only USD$374,000.
Mulumba said by opening the Dubai route, Uganda stands to benefit by tapping into the Middle Eastern markets.
On August 5, 2021, UAE started allowing flights from Uganda for people with valid resident entry permits.
However, the returnees are required to take two Covid-19 tests before their departure flight.