On Saturday, Uganda Airlines achieved a significant milestone as it embarked on its first-ever direct flight from Entebbe to India. The inaugural flight, destined for Mumbai, was piloted by Robert Wakhweya Bwayo and officially launched by General Katumba Wamala, the Minister for Works and Transport.
A total of 58 passengers boarded the six-and-a-half-hour flight, which marked a historic moment for the airline and the two countries. Before departing for India, a ceremonial event celebrated this significant achievement, emphasizing the potential for increased mobility and trade between Uganda and India.
Minister Wamala highlighted the importance of the Mumbai route, noting that many Ugandan students study in India, while others seek medical treatment in the world’s largest democracy. Similarly, many Indians travel to Uganda for business, tourism, and various other reasons. The direct flights on Uganda Airlines are expected to strengthen the bond between the two nations and enhance their partnership.
Uganda Airlines CEO, Jenifer Bamuturaki, announced that the national carrier plans to operate the Mumbai route three times a week. She expressed optimism that this second international route, following Dubai, and the twelfth route in total, will help Uganda Airlines achieve financial sustainability in the aviation industry. Passengers can now enjoy direct flights from Entebbe to Mumbai on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
The ceremonial event at Entebbe Airport witnessed the presence of several businesspeople of Indian origin who considered this a groundbreaking development. Upender Singh Rawat, the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, and Bradford Ocheng, the Deputy CEO of Uganda Tourism Board, were also among the attendees.
Furthermore, Adedayo Olawuyi, the Chief Commercial Officer of Uganda Airlines, revealed that the maiden flight would return on Tuesday, carrying a cargo weighing five tonnes. This successful launch of direct flights to India marks a significant step forward in strengthening the ties between Uganda and India and fostering economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.