ENTEBBE: Airlink the independent southern African Regional airline, has added a new route to its expanding intra-Africa with the launch of its Johannesburg- Entebbe service.
The launch was originally scheduled for July 2021 but was postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic that caused both countries; Uganda and South Africa, to temporarily instigate tight travel restrictions.
The Inaugural flight touched down at Entebbe International Airport at 1430hrs EAT and was welcomed by the State Minister for Transport, Hon. Fred Byamukama, High Commissioner of South Africa in Uganda HE Ms. L Xingwana and other officials from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.
”Entebbe is not just Uganda’s primary tourism and trade; it is also strategically positioned for access to the wider Eastern African Community nations and the Great Lakes, which represent significant markets. Our flights, will enable closer relations, promote economy activity and make it possible for tourists to enjoy the diverse array of travel experiences on offer in South Africa and Uganda as well as Southern and Eastern Africa,’’ explains Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.
“To Airlink, today’s Launch to Entebbe Airport is a great symbol of excellent services and trust that you have committed to provide to your esteemed clients and I would like to encourage you on this new journey which you have started which will be an inspiration to your clients.” A Uganda Civil Aviation Authority official commented
He further said, “More Ugandans will now be able to travel to South Africa conveniently through direct flights at a competitive price, which will promote our people’s culture, tourism and business between the two countries.
Airlink will operate twice weekly on the route connecting the destination to and from various domestic and regional Southern African destinations.