Efforts to revive Uganda Airlines are underway, Daily Monitor has learnt.
This newspaper has established that discussions on\r\n whether the government should lease or buy new aircraft have featured \r\nprominently in recent meetings.
It has also emerged that Uganda Development \r\nCorporation (UDC), an institution charged with reinstating the national \r\ncarrier, has only six months to complete this task.
This means that by early next year, Uganda should be having a national airline in operation.
Although the UDC executive director, Mr Fred \r\nOgene, declined to comment on the timeline by which the national carrier\r\n would be operational, saying it is too early to talk about the \r\ntimeline. He said there is goodwill at all levels of government to \r\nquickly re-establish the national airlines.
"Government has agreed to put back the national \r\ncarrier. And we (UDC) have been put in charge to ensure that happens. At\r\n the moment we are trying to establish its economic viability,¡± Mr Ogene\r\n said last week in an interview.
He added: "We are on track but we haven¡¯t decided \r\nyet on the model and structure to use. However, there is government good\r\n will and we are looking at doing our work quickly and in the best way \r\npossible.¡±
Worth noting is that this is not the first time there is an attempt to restart the operation of the national carrier.
In\r\n 2013, there were government plans to revive the carrier although the \r\ndiscussions did not happen until in October 2014, four months after Air \r\nUganda licence was suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority due to \r\nsafety concerns.
Since then, till last week, not so much was being said about the defunct airline.
The\r\n revival of Uganda Airlines comes in the wake of British Airways \r\nsuspending flights between Entebbe International Airport and Heathrow, \r\nLondon, airport on grounds that the flights are not "commercially \r\nviable.¡± The suspension starts in October. British Airways has operated \r\nin Uganda for 24 years after re-launching its flights to Uganda in 1991.
Uganda Airlines was the flag carrier of Uganda.
It was established in May 1976, and started operations in 1977 with its hub at Entebbe International Airport.
The Airline was founded as a subsidiary of the \r\ngovernment-owned Ugandan Development Corporation (UDC) as a replacement \r\nof the services previously operated by East African Airways.
By 1978, the national carrier had an Aircraft fleet made up of 15 aircrafts fully owned by Uganda government
In\r\n the wake of liberalisation, efforts were made by the government to \r\nprivatise the company, but all potential bidders pulled out, leading to \r\nthe eventual liquidation of Uganda Airlines Corporation in May 2001.