Airlines flying to and from Entebbe are now fighting for literally every passenger they can get before business starts picking up again towards the Easter vacation.
With the shopping festival in full swing in Dubai, many are heading from East Africa to Dubai to snap up bargains, at least those who have prudently managed their financial resources. From Uganda there are now many choices of how to get to what has often been described as Africa’s largest supermarket, aka Dubai, the place of mega malls galore with yet more of them found of course in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Uganda’s adopted home airline, RwandAir, is offering specials to Dubai when flying via Kigali, not a big detour considering the ride on one of their modern jets takes just 30 minutes but there is more in the market right now.
Emirates of course offers value added packages, hotels and extra baggage allowance included, as does Qatar Airways which flies via Doha. But the arguably best deal at present comes from flydubai which has put an offer out for their business class – yes, inspite of being a low cost carrier does flydubai actually offer a state of the art business class – with return fares from Entebbe going for as low as US Dollars 799.
Time to travel, time to fly no doubt and many expatriates and Ugandans will take advantage of such deals and visit the UAE. Contrary to assurances that by mid February the interstate pass travel for expats across the CoW countries would be in place, this has again not happened, leaving Visa charges in place. This is one factor why, apart from the lack of nonstop flights from Entebbe to Mombasa, that destination is still not on top of the rankings for short holidays.