Information was passed to this correspondent yesterday by a regular source at the Emirates Kampala office that after taking delivery of yet another A380 recently the airline is now increasing its flights between Dubai and Singapore from 21 per week, i.e. three times a day, to initially 26 flights per week, before going 4 times daily from February 2012 onwards. This will give travelers from Uganda and those coming to Uganda from Singapore more options. Already we fly three times a day, now this will add 5 more weekly flights and a passenger has the choice to stay in transit for a while at the airport and enjoy the shopping experience or simply the facilities the airport offers to Emirates passengers.
Emirates presently flies daily between Dubai and Entebbe, via Addis Ababa with incidentally full traffic rights on the route, being able to carry passengers from Uganda to Ethiopia, besides which the airline operates regular dedicated cargo services facilitating the export of fresh produce to the UAE. When asked about the start of Qatar Airways daily flights to Uganda the same source said: It is really about bringing people to Uganda, maybe more than taking Ugandans abroad, and this country has the space to accommodate a lot more visitors. It is also a fellow Gulf based airline and that shows that our part of the world is making a big impact on global aviation trends, we connect the world through our hubs and Uganda is benefitting from it. True words, spoken clearly from a position of strength
Compiled by Jackie