Lilly Ajarova, the Uganda Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer has said that the two Bombardier CRJ900 Uganda Airlines aircrafts will boost Uganda’s tourism industry.
The two aircrafts that are well designed with Uganda’s national flag on the stabilizer, she said, are expected to significantly boost the country’s trade on the global market and also facilitate travel across the continent.
Ajarova revealed that the arrival of the bombardiers and revival of Uganda Airlines is a step closer to UTB’s goal of marketing destination Uganda.
While addressing the media at Entebbe Airport Ajarova said they are pleased to see the revival pf the airlines after 17 years.
“As UTB we are extremely pleased to see Uganda Airlines revived after 17years. As the institution mandated to promote Uganda, we are ready and excited to work with Uganda Airlines and Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that both local and international travelers have a great customer experience aboard these aircrafts” she said.
She also pledged to use this new development as a tool to promote destination Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
In 1970 according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) there were 310 million air travelers.
In 1990, 1 billion people traveled by air. This number doubled to 2 billion by 2005. The same number increased to 3 billion in 2013 and by 2017, the number had risen to 4 billion and it’s expected to increase to 8.2 billion by 2037.
“it’s also very important for us to work with Uganda Airlines and the Civil Aviation because experiencing what Uganda offers will start the moment a traveler boards the aircrafts,” Ajarova
The new bombardiers will be flying regional routes like Nairobi, Kigali, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, Goma, Zanzibar, Harare, Mogadishu and Addis Ababa.