Uganda Airlines to Facilitate Repatriation of Stranded Ugandans

Uganda flagship carrier the Uganda Airlines has announced that it will be repatriating some Ugandans who are returning from abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an announcement made on social media on Sunday, Uganda Airlines said it will be flying Ugandans from South Africa.

“Uganda Airlines will operate a repatriation charter flight for Ugandans in South Africa; Johannesburg to Entebbe on 25th June 2020,” it said.

The development comes a few days after all four of Uganda Airlines’ new Mitsubishi CRJ-900 (Bombardier) planes tested their engines for the first time on Friday afternoon after 90 days on the ground.

Images from Flightradar24. com,  a global flight tracking service that provides real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world, showed the four planes – Flight 5XKNP, 5XEQU, 5XKOB, and another that did not have a call sign – airborne in Ugandan airspace for an average of 40 minutes.

As indeed many experts thought, it signaled a resumption of service soon after the COVID-19 lockdown. Uganda airspace remains closed to international schedule passenger flights until further notice.

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