Uganda national carrier has been relaunched amid pomp and colour after being liquidated 40 years ago as a result of mismanagement and public debt.
Ugandans celebrated the move as the airliner made its maiden flight to Nairobi this Wednesday August 28, 2019.
After Nairobi, other destinations that the airline will fly to include Mogadishu, Juba and Dar es Salaam then to then to Mombasa, Kilimanjaro and Bujumbura. Eventually, the airline intends to launch direct long-haul routes to China and other Asian countries whose tourists Uganda is keen to attract.
The revival plan faced criticism from various quarters in in the Ugandan Central Bank as it was to cost Ushs 575 billion (Kshs 16 billion).
The country now has two new Bombardier CRJ 900 jets and will receive two others in September, while the addition of two Airbus A330-800 planes in 2020 will allow it to launch the long-haul flights.
The price for air ticket from Uganda, Entebbe, to Kenya, Nairobi, is approximately Kshs 28, 684 ($278) for a return trip and Kshs 14, 342 for a one-way ticket.