National aviation regulator Civil Aviation Authority, (CAA) on Thursday held a public hearing session for companies seeking service licenses to run aviation operations in Uganda.
A total of six companies filed for licenses, two of which were seeking renewal while the other 4 sought to commence operations in Uganda.
During the public hearing meeting which was held at Imperial Royale Hotel, the applicants presented their cases to the CAA Board Air Services Licensing Committee.
The companies included the recently revamped national career, the Uganda National Airlines Company Ltd, which is hoped to take to the skies early next year.
The other applicants are Kampala Executive Aviation Authority, Kush Air, Ugawings, Africana International Air Service Ltd and Kampala Aero Club Flight Training Center.
According to Eng. Mackenzie Ogweng, CAA’s Chairman of the Board Air Service Licensing Committee, the public hearing is a mandatory procedure for any company seeking aviation license to operate in Uganda.
“We advertised and gave each company requirements that are mandatory for a company to be licensed. Today, the six companies that handed in their applications were called to present their cases to the board and the public so that we can choose the qualifying companies,” he said.
The requirements include among others; business plans, equipment, equipment maintenance plans, routes to be taken and local content.
According to Ogweng, only two of the six companies, which he didn’t name, seemed fully prepared.
The unprepared ones he said, will be helped and given more time to prepare because they are few.
Ephraim Bagenda, the CEO Uganda National Airlines who presented the national airline’s case, said the company was well prepared and equipped with enough capital and equipment necessary to carry out a relatively profitable business.
In a few days, the results from this public hearing will be presented to the companies on whether they qualify to be licensed or be given more time to prepare.