As the long awaited  day comes closer,Uganda Airlines has slashed prices for the maiden flight slated for August 28, with a one-way ticket costing Shs.166,000 from Entebbe to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) which means a return ticket goes for an enticing Shs. 330,000, a huge deal from the normal average $300 (Shs1.1 million) other airlines are charging for the same route.

Uganda airlines website currently shows that there is no tax applied on the ticket but when prices return to normal the ticket is expected to cost  shs. 542,000 bringing the entire journey to cost shs. 709,000 for a one way economy ticket making it the most expensive ticket compared to other airlines.

A round-trip would cost one in the highs of $277 (Shs1,023,000) with taxes inclusive, the Uganda Airlines website shows.

Even when it is not clear when the taxes will be applied, Uganda airlines online booking has been activated and it is expected to take to the skies next Wednesday for its first commercial flight, which will leave Entebbe at 6:00am and land at JKIA at 7:15 am.

However the prices keeping changing due to demand with people paying $200 minus tax for a business class ticket.

One-way ticket from JKIA to Entebbe will cost $70 (Shs258,000) but a tax of $90 (Shs332,000) will be applied to bring the total cost to $160 (Shs591,000).

Air Uganda was considered Uganda’s national carrier from its formation until it also collapsed in 2001

Uganda officially received two  planes CRJ 900 from Canada’s Bormbadier in April 2019 and has been working on the paperwork and receiving necessary approvals from Uganda Civil Aviation Authority and destination countries to be able to fly commercially after 18 years of having ceased operations in 2001.

Two decades after its sudden collapse, Uganda has resurrected its national carrier. Some Ugandans are optimistic about the airline’s revival, but can it avoid repeating the same mistakes which led to its closure?

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