The government of Uganda has reached a level where it can no longer sit in complacency in absence of the national carrier and the President himself acknowledges the significance of the carrier than without it including its prominent role in increasing safaris to Uganda.
President Museveni while in the 11th Northern Corridor Infrastructure
Project Summit held in Nairobi Kenya expressed the desire to revive the
national carrier in order to neutralize the exorbitant fares that are
met by Ugandans and other travelers connecting to the Uganda route
including travelers on Uganda safaris as they fly with carriers of other countries.
Considering the fact that the air fare in the region is high despite
that initial arrangements under the Northern Corridor Infrastructural
Project (NCIP), the desire to revitalize the national airline to
counteract such fares is by all means necessary. In addition, Ugandans
need easy access to regional market which is a necessity that is vital
for all Ugandans doing business.
The reports from the Uganda
Development Corporation (UDC) represented by Mr. Ogene Fred the acting
chief executive officer indicate that the President has already directed
the revival of the Ugandan Airlines. The Corporation has already passed
on the task to the Ministry of Transport to oversee the Uganda Airlines
The Ministry of Transport has already hired the
International Audit firm the Ernst & Young to undertake the
evaluation of the viability of the Ugandan Airline and the results were
very promising which indicates the potential of the carrier to succeed
and run sustainably thus ensuring long term use even for the Uganda safari undertakers
The government is in quest of about $300m as the startup investment in
the revival of the national carrier. Once revived, the Ugandan Airlines
will be the only business venture of the government under the
supervision of Uganda Development Corporation and the body will sell off
shares gradually up to when it completely private sector controlled.
The Ugandan Airline saw its liquidation in the month of May 2001 and at
the time of its liquidation; the Uganda Airline had a debt of
$6million. The closure of the Airline affected the country’s visibility
on global scale and the Air connection as well. The travelers to Uganda
including those coming for safaris in Uganda require connecting to the neighboring countries before connecting to Uganda.