The Uganda Airlines will now have to wait a little longer before hitting the skies as its inaugural flight has been pushed to August.
While launching the revival of the Uganda Airlines in April this year, the first commercial flight had been scheduled for July 2019 after acquisition of an air operator certificate (AOC) among other requirements that were expected to take 90 days.
But in a statement addressed to Parliament, Minister of Works and Transport Monica Azuba said that they were forced to reschedule and commence operations in August because they have not yet secured the Air Operating Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Azuba said that they expect to get the certificate, earliest by July 28, which is not enough time to start operations this month.
“The targeted date for the issuance of the air operating certificate to the airline is by 28th July, 2019. This means that Uganda Airlines can fly after that date,” Azuba said in part.
Azuba added that they have however completed the booking, reservations, accounting and ticketing systems which are now being tasted.
Uganda Airlines registering process was supposed to be done in five phases and now Azuba said that they are on the fourth phase with only one phase remaining.
According to officials from Uganda Airlines, the national carrier will first fly in nine regional routes including Nairobi, Juba, Bujumbura, Khartoum, Mogadishu, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and later Johannesburg before more new routes will be introduced.
Azuba also rubbished the allegations from a section of Members of Parliament that the process of appointing Uganda Airlines board of directors was not transparent.
She said that they conducted interviews and those that went through were the best.
Member of Parliament for Kasilo County Elijah Okupa had earlier on questioned the process that was used in appointing the board of directors of the national carrier saying that it was not transparent.