Uganda’s flag carrier resumed its scheduled services to Dubai in the UAE after the ban was lifted by the UAE officials.
From Jan 8, the Crested Crane flies 4X-weekly flights to Dubai using its new A330-800 neo aircraft.
Flight Suspension to Dubai
Uganda to Dubai service was suspended after three months in operation — disrupting the airline’s growth plans. This flight service was expected to be the national airline’s most lucrative route.
According to the Airline’s acting Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Bamuturaki, Uganda Airlines operated near to full capacity since its maiden flights to the United Arab Emirates.
“On the first commercial flight, we had 80 passengers on our 258-passenger Airbus to Dubai. On the second flight, we had 220 passengers,” Bamuturaki, said, on the capacity of Uganda Airlines.
Passengers from Uganda — along with numerous other African nations — were barred from entering Dubai from December 28th as part of official policies to try and mitigate the spread of Omicron.
“Business was affected by the ban. We were making 60,000 to 70,000 US Dollars per flight before the ban,” the CEO says in regards to the Dubai flight suspension.
The carrier operated direct flight services between Entebbe Airport and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on the Airbus A330-800 Neo three times a week, hoping to increase these to five with increasing demand.