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GOOD NEWS: New Airline Crashes Air Ticket Price

A new airline has entered the Nigerian market to connect the Western and Eastern African routes. On Friday, October 20, 2023, Uganda Airlines launched its flight services to Nigeria via the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

This is as flight tickets across all airlines have sharply hiked due to the steep increase in the cost of aviation fuel, according to newsmen.

This milestone comes two decades after the signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between the two nations, paving the way for flight operations.

According to Leadership, the airline’s inaugural flight, carrying passengers and a government delegation, landed at MMIA after departing from Entebbe International Airport.

New flight to reduce airfares, ease connectivity issues Stakeholders have noted that the introduction of this new flight service will not only result in lower airfares but will also streamline connectivity for passengers travelling between West and East Africa and those with connections to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Prior to this development, the air connection between the two countries required a 10-hour journey, which has now been significantly shortened to just three and a half hours with the introduction of Uganda Airlines in Nigeria. During a press conference held for the launch of the Entebbe route in Lagos, Jennifer Bamuturaki, the CEO of Uganda Airlines, announced that the flight service will operate three times a week, effectively reducing travel time from 10 hours to three and a half hours.

She emphasized that Uganda’s national carrier’s introduction of flight services to Lagos will bridge the gap for travellers commuting between West and East African countries.

She said: This flight was exactly three and a half hours. We cut out close to 14 hours from Lagos to Entebbe so that means that if you are flying to Mumbai, Dubai, you don’t need to fly 10 hours just come to Entebbe in three and a half hours and be in Dubai in another four and half hours. If you are going to Mumbai, three and half hours to Entebbe, one hour in transit and another 6 hours into Mumbai so we have closed the gap between Eastern Africa countries and the West.

Along with Lagos, FG adds Kano, Abuja to Uganda Airlines routes Mr Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, has announced that the Federal Government has approved the inclusion of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) in Kano as destinations on the airline’s routes in Nigeria.

As a result of this development, Uganda Airlines, which commenced its three weekly flights to Nigeria on Thursday, will now be granted access to two more entry points in the country. Notably, over 11 foreign carriers, such as Qatar Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, and British Airways, currently operate an additional 70 flights to Nigeria every week, serving various cities across the country. FG Approves United Airlines Direct Flights to US, UK, 4 other countries In related news, reported that the Federal Government has granted approval for United Airlines to conduct international flights within the country.

United Airlines, which initiated its operations in 2021, is now authorized to transport passengers to various international destinations, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The airline said it has obtained approval for regional flights and expects additional aircraft from mid-October as it prepares to commence international operations.

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