Uganda studies options for national airline

Uganda´s government has approved plans for a new national airline and is now in the process of deciding what form it will take, the government said.

Head of public affairs at Uganda´s civil aviation authority Ignie Igunduura said studies submitted by the regulator and experts indicated the country needed a new national airline, especially if there are plans to hub at the country´s national airport in Entebbe.

Options under consideration for how a new carrier might be constituted include a joint venture, a fully state-owned entity and a carrier that is established by the government and then listed via an IPO.

Igunduura says the government wants the carrier to have an initial fleet of seven aircraft and to operate a network prioritizing regional and internal flights, followed by international routes. Currently the government is looking at ordering medium-sized jets and is examining Embraer and Bombardier CRJ regional jets.