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Uganda airlines to fly to Nigeria next month

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Uganda flights to Lagos will begin before the end of 2022 and to Abuja by 2023.

At the 18th Akwaaba Africa Travel and Tourism Market, Jenifer Bamuturaki, the Uganda airline chief executive, announced that flights to Lagos will begin before the end of 2022 and that more flights to Abuja will begin in 2023. Bamuturaki was speaking about the airline’s expansion plans. However, the exact dates and frequency have yet to be disclosed. Bamuturaki went on to state that she was delighted to announce that Uganda Airlines would start flying to Nigeria for the very first time in the company’s history in the month of December 2022.

Starting with their first flight to West Africa, they will gradually expand their operations. They will use reputable tour operators and travel agencies in Nigeria. The main hub for the national carrier is located in Entebbe, and it serves 11 different destinations across Africa and the Middle East. Despite high demand, probable launch dates have yet to be revealed for the three weekly flights to London Heathrow Airport. In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions within the country, it appears that plans to begin service to Guangzhou have also been put on hold.

The event focuses on the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.

The Akwaaba African Travel Market is an annual international event in Lagos, Nigeria, that focuses on tourism, travel and hospitality. It is targeted at businesses, investors, decision-makers, governments and buyers in the sector and offers business opportunities, industry information, and product displays for Africa and other parts of the world. In its inception in 2005, only two countries, Ghana and Sao Tome, sent representatives to the event in Nigeria, and it has expanded to include over 20 countries, an estimated 10,000 attendees, and partnerships with the tourism boards of several African nations.

During the course of Bamuturaki, who is the Uganda airline chief executive keynote speech at the event, she stated that the airline was experiencing difficulties as a direct result of the rise in the price of aviation fuel. She went on to say that the airline had successfully managed the situation by increasing the number of holiday package sales and that there were no intentions to raise airfare prices. A request for additional information has been directed to Uganda Airlines.

Bamuturaki was honoured for her labour in the aviation industry.

At the ceremony that took place last week, Bamuturaki was also honoured with the 100 African Women in Travel and Tourism Award, which recognizes and honours diversity in the travel and tourism industry. She chose to devote her prize to Africa, young people interested in aviation, and Ugandan women for going forward and persevering despite all circumstances. Bamuturaki expressed her gratitude to the conference convenor Ikechi Uko for the distinction and thanked her for it.

She went on to say that she was incredibly pleased by the honour because there are not many women in positions of authority within the aviation sector. Therefore, receiving acknowledgement is a desirable outcome. For women, this is a victory. Bamuturaki took over as CEO of Uganda Airlines in July, officially succeeding Cornwell Muleya, who had been removed from his position in February, awaiting an inquiry into allegations of abuse of public funds and improper hiring practices.

The airline also surfers a huge margin loss in 2021.

In 2021, the airline had a huge loss margin of UGX 232 billion ($61 million), which Bamuturaki has been responsible for resolving. Notably, she has advocated for its extension into new regions, particularly Asia and Europe, and the network’s success in doing so. Concerns were raised over Bamuturaki’s qualifications for the position due to her lack of postgraduate education in August. However, she then refuted the allegations, saying that she had been hand-picked for the CEO position and that her staff had 100 years of cumulative expertise.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

congratulations to the Ugandan for their success on the airline that starts it’s operation within west Africa and other parts of the world,it will definitely boost their economy.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Its a great a development for the government of Uganda. Expanding there reach to Nigeria and other west Africa countries will open path for growth in the country.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This is so nice, it means expansion Uganda are expanding to Nigeria and to Africa part it is a great expansion for them

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

I think it’s great that they will begin with their first flight to West Africa and then gradually expand their operations. They will work with well-known tour operators and travel agencies in Nigeria.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

It is unfortunate that the airline was having problems as a direct result of the increase in the price of aviation fuel. The government ought to assist the airline in some way.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

In the month of August, questions regarding Bamuturaki’s suitability for the role were raised due to the fact that she did not have any postgraduate education.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Given that there are not a lot of women in positions of responsibility within the aviation industry, we have every reason to be really happy about receiving this honor. As a result, being recognized for one’s efforts is a result that should be sought after.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

The event focus on tourism, travel and hospitality and it’s targets at businesses, investors, decision-makers, governments and buyers in the sector and offers business opportunities. It attracts good for Africa.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

The airline was able to handle the situation well by expanding the sales of holiday packages, and there were no plans to increase travel costs. Uganda Airlines has been asked to provide more details on the request for clarification.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Kudos to the people of Uganda on the launch of their airline, which will enable them to expand their business throughout west Africa and the rest of the world. This will undoubtedly be beneficial to the country’s economy.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I’m happy to see Uganda having their first airline fly into Nigeria. It is a very nice thing to behold. The Aviation sector of every country is very important for the growth of the country.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The African Travel Market takes place each year in Lagos, Nigeria, and is an international event devoted to the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries. Offering business possibilities, industry information, and product displays for Africa and the rest of the world, it is aimed at enterprises, investors, decision-makers, governments, and customers in the sector.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Uganda airlines to fly to Nigeria by next month should be a shame to our Government here in Nigeria. Where is Nigerian Airways? What are they doing about it? We are known has the giant of Africa yet our corrupt government is failing in so many ways.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Uganda flights to Lagos will begin before the end of 2022 and to Abuja by 2023. This is good for Uganda, they are growing Small small. all the best for them

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Ghana and Sao Tome sent officials to the Nigerian event, which now includes over 20 countries, 10,000 people, and partnerships with African tourism organizations.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Despite considerable demand, the expected debut dates for the three weekly flights to London Heathrow Airport have yet to be announced.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The airline had effectively controlled the problem by boosting the quantity of holiday package sales, and there were no plans to hike airfare costs in the near future.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Uganda airlines will be of great advantage to Nigerian sincethey are not willing to change their airfare inspite of the high inflation rate.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Congratulations to the Ugandan people on the establishment of their airline, which will allow them to grow their market throughout west Africa and the rest of the world. The economy of the nation will surely benefit from this.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Amazing development to Uganda. This would be of great benefits to Nigerians, as the airline don’t plan to increase their travel cost Despite inflation rates