The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has praised Precision Air for returning to Uganda, a move that will see Ugandan travelers avoid inconveniences associated with connecting flights to Tanzania.
The return of Precision Air with three flights weekly to Entebbe from Dar El Salaam is seen as a strong vote of confidence in Uganda as an investment destination and clear testament of the enormous potential the East African region possesses.
“As an investment facilitation agency, connectivity is of utmost importance to UIA,” UIA said in a statement to ChimpReports on Tuesday.
Uganda is now a 90 minute flight from Tanzania.
UIA official said Uganda’s strategic location on the equator makes the furthest destination an average 10 hour’s flight to Entebbe.
“Europe and India, for example, are 6 hours, UAE 5 hours and South America 10 hours. The furthest point on the continent is 6 hours. This strategic location provides quick connections and access to surrounding markets,” said the official.
With a new Ugandan embassy in Tanzania and new Envoy, Amb Richard Kabonero, the two countries expect to deepen bilateral and trade ties.
President Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli recently signed a pact to commence work on construction of the Houma-Tanga pipeline.
In a letter addressed to the Group Managing Director and CEO of Precision Air, Sauda Rajab, Uganda Investment Authority’s Executive Director Jolly K. Kaguhangire commended the airline for “resuming flights to Entebbe” and assured them of “unwavering support and commitment with their operations in Uganda.”
UIA pledged to continue with efforts to “improve the investment climate, grow investor confidence as well as highlight the opportunities Uganda offers to investors in order to make Uganda a preferred investment destination.”