Uganda airlines maiden flight to cost Shs166,000

Thursday August 22 2019

The two Uganda airlines CRJ 900 planes’ tails

The two Uganda airlines CRJ 900 planes’ tails decorated with Uganda flag colours at the VVIP Parking Apron of Entebbe International Airport where they were officially welcomed into the country in April. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA 

By URN

Uganda Airlines has slashed prices for the maiden flight slated for August 28, with a one-way ticket put at Shs166,000 from Entebbe to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

This means a return ticket goes for an enticing Shs330,000, a huge deal from the normal average $300 (Shs1.1 million) other airlines are charging for the same route. 

The airline's website currently shows there is no tax applied on the ticket. When the tax is applied, the ticket could be increased by $147 (Shs542,000) to bring the entire cost to $192 (Shs709,000) for a one-way economy ticket. 

A round-trip would cost one in the highs of $277 (Shs1,023,000) with taxes inclusive, the Uganda Airlines website shows. 

It is not yet clear when the tax will be applied. Online booking was activated on Wednesday. 

The prices keep on changing reflecting the demand at the time. The people paying for the business class are charged $200 (Shs738,000) minus tax. 

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Uganda Airlines will take to the skies next Wednesday for the first commercial flight, which will leave Entebbe at 6:00am and land at JKIA at 7:15 am.   

One-way ticket from JKIA to Entebbe will cost $70 (Shs258,000) but a tax of $90 (Shs332,000) will be applied to bring the total cost to $160 (Shs591,000). 

Uganda officially received two planes – CRJ 900 – from Canada’s Bombardier in April 23, 2019. It has been working on the paperwork and receiving necessary approvals from Uganda Civil Aviation Authority and destination countries to be able to fly commercially.

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