Uganda Airlines has Tuesday had a successful inaugural flight to Nairobi.
Speaking at the function held at Entebbe International Airport, the Prime Minister, Rukahana Rugunda said the revival of the national carrier will reduce the cost of air transport and ease connectivity to and from Uganda.
He further added that since Ugandans spend about $450m annually on foreign travel, Uganda Airlines will help keep some of this cash within the national economy.
With its maiden flight expected Wednesday, Uganda Airlines is hoping to take a slice of the East African aviation business that is currently dominated by Ethiopian Airlines.
The carrier is banking on the emerging oil industry – and the tourism sector – to generate international traffic to sustain the revitalised airline.
According to Ephraim Bagenda, the CEO of the airline, the carrier will initially fly to seven regional destinations in Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, and Burundi.
In November, it plans to launch flights to destinations in south and central Africa.
Currently operating two CRJ900 planes it received from Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier in April, it expects two more of those planes next month.
It also expects to receive one Airbus A330neo in late 2020, then a second in early 2021.
Uganda Airlines, founded by former President, the late Idi Amin in 1976 and was liquidated in 2001 during a push to privatise state firms.