Wednesday, February 3, 2021
BY DOREEN NASASIRA – Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said the second A330-neo aircraft for Uganda Airlines will enhance the country’s competitiveness and foster economic transformation through the promotion of international trade, generating employment opportunities, and facilitation of movement.
He said the continued growth of the National Airline will not only boost air transport but will also contribute significantly to Uganda’s transformation from a predominantly peasant to a modern country.
The Premier made the remarks at the receiving ceremony of the second airbus A330neo for Uganda Airlines at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday.
He noted that Uganda Airlines has already announced destinations to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, which will offer market opportunities for the country in terms of exports and tourism.
“With the introduction of direct flights by Uganda Airlines, our tourists are guaranteed of reduced journey times and an exciting experience. Additionally, the NRM Government is implementing an export-led growth strategy, and the great cargo capabilities of the Airbus A330neo is a big boost for our export aspirations,” the Prime Minister said.
The Premier thanked Airbus for partnering with the government and for manufacturing the Aircraft.
The Minister of Transport and Works, Gen. Katumba Wamala asked the public to continue supporting the efforts of the Airline by prioritizing it.
The Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Matia Kasaija appealed to the staff of Uganda Airlines and the Business Community to implement a strategic plan that will profit the airline business.
The Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Airlines, Cornwell Muleya, thanked the government for the commitment and support rendered to Uganda Airlines. He said the A330neo is a wonderful aircraft and Uganda is the first country to operate it in the Africa South of Sahara.
The function was attended by the Minister of State for Transport, Joy Kabatsi, the Minister of State for Works, Peter Lokeris, the former Minister of Transport and Works, Eng. Monica Azuba Ntega, and government officials among others.