Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has recently directed the state-owned flag carrier, Uganda Airlines, to initiate a partnership and cooperation with Air Serbia, the national airline of Serbia. This move aims to bolster business, tourism, and personal exchanges between the two countries.
During a meeting with officials from his Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development, President Museveni expressed the importance of leveraging the long-standing relationship between Uganda and the former Yugoslavia Republic, which dates back to 1963 when bilateral relations were established. By joining forces with Air Serbia, the President believes that both countries will strengthen their institutions, promote their people’s welfare, and contribute to the betterment of humanity.
“We will continue to use the lasting relationships we have had with you and the former Yugoslavia Republic since 1963 when we opened the bilateral relations, to support each other. This will strengthen the cause of both our people, institutions and humanity,” the Ugandan president said.
Uganda Airlines, with its modern fleet of six aircraft, including two Airbus A330-800s and four CRJ900s, is poised to make the most of this partnership. Earlier this year, the airline selected Serbia as its primary partner in Southeast Europe, recognizing the potential for mutual growth and cooperation between the two nations.
In addition, President Museveni will soon inaugurate the Uganda Connect office and a Uganda Hub shop in Belgrade’s Waterfront neighborhood, further solidifying the ties between the two countries.
Notably, Uganda was the third-largest foreign market for the Serbian construction industry in the previous year, highlighting the existing potential for business collaboration and economic growth.
Despite the positive outlook, Uganda Airlines has faced challenges in launching its London flights, a highly anticipated expansion into the European market. Regina Tebasiima, the carrier’s revenue manager, emphasized the airline’s commitment to ensuring an efficient fleet rotation and capacity management to support future growth and the imminent London service.
As of August 2022, the carrier had secured a slot for London flights and was working diligently towards commencing operations within a six-month window between October 2022 and March 2023. The proposed partnership with Air Serbia could potentially play a crucial role in facilitating these plans.