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Private Tourism Stakeholders Urge Gov’t to Set Date for Commercial Flights

Players in the tourism sector in the country have appealed to government to announce a date when the Entebbe International Airport will be opened for commercial flights.

The stakeholders believe such an announcement will help rejuvenate the tourism industry which has been shattered by the Covid19 shutdown.

Uganda closed its borders and the International Airport in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As players in the tourism industry we are saying that even if you set December or September as the opening date, say it now such that the tourism wholesalers in Europe are notified,” said Amos Wekesa the Managing Director of Great Lakes Safaris Limited a Tour Operating Company

“We deal with companies called wholesalers in Europe; these guys book trips two years in advance. We are already seeing post postponement of trips to 2021 ,2022. However, there is a lot of scepticism and uncertainty when it comes to the bookings between September and January next year”.

Wekesa added that Uganda cannot be the only country in the region that is not communicating when the Airport is going to open.

Air Tanzania was the first to resume international flights after President John Magufuli opened its airspace.

Kenya announced that their skies will be opened to the world on August 1st but set specific SOP’s all travelers had to follow like getting tested and being quarantined for 14 days.

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Rwanda too prepares to resume international flights on August 1st.

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