By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Following the alleged presidential approval after a meeting with the national COVID-19 task force to reopen the Entebbe airport, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has issued a tentative schedule of passenger flights that will fly into Uganda with effect from October 1, 2020 following its closure in March 2020.
According to the schedule issued today September 08, 2020 by Eng Sooma Ayub, the Director of Airports and Aviation Security, the airport is ready to host flights from major airliners such as Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopia Airways, Kenya Airways, RwandAir and Uganda Airlines.
TheSpy Uganda has also learnt that the flights will be from places such as Doha, Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Juba, Kigali and Nairobi.
These come after government last month issued out the aviation guidelines for airlines and travelers that will be followed in a bid to curb the COVID-19 transmission.
Some of the SoPs developed by CAA include installation of automated sanitizer at strategic points, marks at the airport to ensure social distancing, acquire temperature guns, three ultra-modern scans, which detect temperature at a 30-metre distance and these will be put in the waiting lounge and rooms of Very Important Persons (VIPs).
Others are erection of executive tents at the air side and these will be used for screening and isolation to identify symptoms and testing for COVID19, passengers will be expected to arrive four hours earlier due to several checks.