Uganda Airlines, in collaboration with Nigerian aviation authorities, is gearing up to commence direct flights between Uganda and Nigeria on August 15, 2023. This milestone follows the successful implementation of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two nations.
The decision to establish this direct air link comes after a series of fruitful meetings held in both countries throughout the year the most recent of which took place at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in Abuja on the 26th of July 2023.
Both sides appreciated the efforts made by various individuals and organizations in advancing this initiative. The direct flights are seen as a significant opportunity to promote trade, tourism, and education between African nations and integrate the continent.
At the meeting, Nigeria agreed to support the proposed commencement date, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions by Uganda Airlines.
Uganda was represented by Olive Lumonya, Deputy General of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority; and Adedayo Olawuyi, Chief Commercial Officer of Uganda Airlines while Nigerian officials in attendance included the Director of Air Transport Regulations of NCAA, Olaniyi Saruku; Director , Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, Engr. Godwin Balang; and Capt. Spiff, General Manager, Licensing at NCAA
The upcoming direct flight is expected to enhance bilateral ties and connectivity within Africa, fostering increased trade, tourism, and cultural exchange between Uganda and Nigeria. It also represents the potential for greater collaboration and integration among African countries in line with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA) principles.
Uganda Airlines currently flies to 9 countries including 12 destinations and 13 routes. The flag carrier’s fleet includes 4 MHIRJ CRJ-900 aircraft and 2 Airbus A330-800NEO