By; Ben Musanje
01st Oct. 2020
On the first day of re-opening Entebbe International Airport it’s reported that the Airport will receive 12 commercial passenger flights today.
The airport has reopened after a six months lull. The airport was partially closed on March 23, 2020, as a way of combating the spread of coronavirus disease-COVID-19. During the time, only emergency flights, comprising mainly returning nationals and cargo, were allowed to land at the airport.
However today, the incoming passenger flights are said to be coming from the Turkish, Rwanda Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Tarco Air and FlyDubai, among others.
According to new guidelines issued by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA, each airline, apart from Uganda Airlines will operate only one flight daily in the first phase of the reopening, covering the months of October to December 2020. The national airline will operate two flights a day to Nairobi, four times to Juba and Dar-es-salaam and thrice to Mogadishu.
Roger Wamala, Uganda Airline’s Commercial Director says that the airline has increased the cost of its commercial flight air tickets by an average of 3 per cent to cater for additional costs.
Updating the country about country’s status of Covid-19, the Minister for Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that all travelers returning are required to test from their destination countries three days before they travel in Uganda while Those without the test results will be subjected to mandatory testing upon their arrival at Entebbe airport and will be quarantined at their costs until results returns, according to the Minister.