Commodities

CAA ready for Qatar Airlines entry ahead of maiden flight

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By Stephen Otage

Posted  Saturday, October 29  2011 at  00:00

In Summary

The growing traffic in Uganda’s air business has seen the entry of three airlines in the last two years.

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Kampala

Civil Aviation Authority will next week start operating daily flights between Entebbe airport and Doha with the entry of Qatar Airlines in Uganda’s air space.

The airline that recently announced its entry into Uganda is expected to make its maiden flight to Entebbe Airport on Wednesday marking its 13th route since the start of 2011.

The airline that is already operating in Kenya is seeking to make open operations in 110 destinations by the end of this year. The increase in Uganda’s air traffic, due to the country’s growing investment potential, especially in the oil sector, has raised hopes for airline operators attracting the entry of Turkish Airlines, Gulf Airways and the Doha- based Qatar Airlines in the last two years.

Reduce ticket fares
Mr Ignie Igundura, the CAA public relations manager, said the launch of the carrier’s daily flights between Entebbe and Doha is expected to reduce on the ticket fares and provide a gateway to major business and leisure destinations that will offer Ugandan travellers more choices and convenience as they develop and expand their businesses in the Middle East.

He said: “Qatar Airlines will break Emirates monopoly into Middle East destinations including Dubai and by far offer shorter alternatives to Uganda’s growing business partnership between Uganda and China.” The airline operates daily flights from Doha to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou and four-flights-a-week to Beijing.