The Dubai Airshow, which will once again take place between this coming Sunday and next Thursday, will according to a source at the Emirates office in Kampala not affect the timings of the daily flight between Dubai and Entebbe, as the restricted period has been set between 14.15 hours and 17.15 hours local time every day, when aircraft are due to perform fly pasts and overflights as part of showing off the latest birds on the market. It was learned that up to about 150 flights on each day will be affected by a closure of the airspace over Dubai during the days but as the arrivals and departures for flights to and from Uganda fall into the night hours, no side effects will be experienced by travelers using Emirates.
The bi-annual airshow in Dubai will also see the much awaited announcement by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Al Baker, who had promised a bombshell of an announcement during his recent visit to Kampala, when QR launched their daily flights to Entebbe. Aircraft manufacturers and airlines often use such events to make major new orders public as they are assured of the attention of the global aviation and travel media, many of which will do pilgrimage from the just concluded World Travel Market in London to Dubai to be on site when news break.
Compiled by Jackie