By Philip Wasswa
KAMPALA. Uganda National Airlines Company Limited has been issued with an Air Operator Certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority, a move that will boost its plans to start commercial flights.
The renewable license was issued on July 26, 2019, and will expire on July 25, 2020.
An Air Operator Certificate is an approval granted by a country’s aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes.
This was confirmed by Uganda AIrlines on twitter earlier today
“There is no news as great as hearing this! Long way you have come Uganda Airlines and you are almost there, that is the beauty in it all. We cannot wait to fly the crane,” Uganda Airlines revealed in a tweet.
The national carrier missed its scheduled start for the commercial flights this month because it didn’t have the certificate. However, the Minister of Works and Transport Monica Azuba Ntege told journalists this week that the airline will be able to fly in August. The launch routes will be Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, and Mogadishu.
These destinations, the minister said, will be operated first to orient staff and service providers. Other destinations will come after August.
The national carrier has been doing test flights in regional destinations, including Dar Es Salaam, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
In April, Uganda received two Bombardier planes as part of the fleet that is expected to form the core of efforts to revive the national carrier.
Another two airbuses are expected to be delivered within the next two years as Uganda ounce again claims its place as one of the countries with a national carrier.
At the ceremony to receive the two planes, President Yoweri Museveni assured the country that the national carrier will not collapse once again.
Museveni revealed that the structural and administrative deficiencies that occasioned the collapse of the national carrier two decades ago will not recur.