By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Putting aside the corruption scandals from top management that have surrounded Uganda Airlines in the previous months or so, the national air carrier is spreading its wings higher and wider, by adding new routes to its destinations in Africa and beyond.
This morning, the airline, which has a fleet of four Bombardier CRJ-900 and two Airbus A330-841 aircraft, has launched a direct flight to Johannesburg, the capital South Africa. The airline will fly direct from its hub at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg four times every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
This is Uganda Airlines’ 10th destination, having previously launched flights to Mombasa and Nairobi in Kenya, Bujumbura in Burundi, Kinsasha in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dar-es-Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar in Tanzania, Mogadishu in Somalia, and Juba in South Sudan.
Uganda Airlines also plans to have long haul flights to Dubai, the Americas, Asia and London with a slot already booked at Heathrow International Airport among others.
While talking about the corruption scandals in the airline, President Yoweri Museveni said that he directed those that were causing problems to be fired, and that others will be arrested and apprehended.
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