By Spy Uganda
Entebbe: The national Airliner, Uganda Airlines has increased the number of flights weekly to Dubai and this coming November 4th, will launch its 4th flight-TheSpy Uganda exclusively reports.
Initially, the Airline has been flying 3 times a week to Dubai but due to booming business returns since they launched the route, management has decided to make it 4 times weekly, a source revealed.
While speaking to this reporter via a WhatsApp chat, the Airlines’ Ag CEO Jenifer Bamuturaki revealed that since the launch of the route, the Dubai route has proved extremely ‘promising and awesome’.
Further, on what triggered them to increase the number of flights, Bamuturaki said, “We are flying a 285-seater craft and on the first day, we flew just 80 people. On the second day, we flew 220 passengers. You can only grow a route depending on the frequency you fly and the market reaction. In fact, we are eyeing stimulating the route to five times a week,” she added.
Remember that Dubai is Uganda Airlines’ first long-haul and intercontinental route, and the increased passenger load is a huge boost. The carrier also has a unilateral and codeshare agreement with Emirates, allowing passengers to fly either carrier on the EBB-DXB route and fly onward with Uganda to East Africa.
One of the perks of the A330neo is the 37 tonnes of cargo storage it offers in the belly of the aircraft. Uganda Airlines is making plans to take advantage of this space by offering connections into East Africa and across its network. Flying from a global hub like Dubai, there are several opportunities, Bamuturaki added,
“Cargo is still a work in progress. We believe it will grow because the aircraft’s capacity is 37 tonnes and our passengers are mainly traders…We are offering different cargo rates that offer value for money.”
Meanwhile, TheSpy Uganda has learnt that while Dubai might be the focus right now, Uganda Airlines has at least three more destinations lined up for the rare A330-800.
The carrier plans to begin flying to London Heathrow in the near future, another major hub, followed by Mumbai and Guangzhou. All of these markets bring the dual benefit of cargo traffic and passengers, helping the Airline to expand-something that actually every patriotic Ugandan yearns for. Now, those are great deals Spy Uganda is ‘looping’ you into….safe travels guys…