Air Uganda starts operations in Kigali

Air Uganda has continued its forays into the region following yesterday’s maiden flight to Kigali. The airline made its long-awaited commercial flight Monday morning.The airlines’ CRJ200 aircraft touched down at Kigali International Airport at 8:00 am. According to the company’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Jenifer B. Musiime, passengers can now fly to Entebbe (Uganda) daily.
Air Uganda’s CRJ200 moments after landing at Kigali International Airport.The airline made its maiden flight yesterday morning. (Photo/ J.Mbaraga)
Air Uganda’s CRJ200 moments after landing at Kigali International Airport.The airline made its maiden flight yesterday morning. (Photo/ J.Mbaraga)

Air Uganda has continued its forays into the region following yesterday’s maiden flight to Kigali. The airline made its long-awaited commercial flight Monday morning.
The airlines’ CRJ200 aircraft touched down at Kigali International Airport at 8:00 am.

According to the company’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Jenifer B. Musiime, passengers can now fly to Entebbe (Uganda) daily.

“Flights between the two destinations are daily with morning flights from Monday to Thursday and evening flights for the rest of the week (Friday to Sunday),” she said.

According to the flight schedule from Monday to Thursday, Air Uganda flies to Kigali, departing Entebbe at 7: 45 am and arriving in Kigali at 8:00 am and from Friday to Sunday. The airline departs Entebbe at 4 pm and arrives in Kigali at 4:15pm.

The airline’s operations in Kigali have made the city their sixth destination on the continent. Air Uganda also has two daily flights to Nairobi (Kenya), daily flights to Dar el Salaam and Juba, and tri-weekly flights to Zanzibar and Mombasa.

The airline also flies its passengers to European destinations thanks to its partnership with Belgian Airline SN Brussels.

After bringing the carrier to the Rwandan skies, the airline now believes it has a more complete coverage of the East African skies.

“It’s an honor for us and we now want to give people options when it comes to flying because on top of daily direct flights to Entebbe, we also have connections to cities like Juba and Zanzibar,” Musiime added.

For the next three weeks, passengers can fly to Entebbe for a promotional fare of $99. The airline will upgrade to $150 before settling at the normal air-ticket fare of $199.
Air-Uganda, which owns a CRJ100, CRJ200 and McDonald-Douglas MD-87 aircraft, also plans to launch its cargo service which will be available on all routes that the airline operates.

The company is 100 percent owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) through its company Celestair. Other airlines operating in Rwanda include Rwanda’s national carrier RwandAir, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels and Ethiopian airlines. Air Uganda begun operations in November, 2007.

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