Uganda Airlines is set for a maiden flight to Nigeria this December, Ms. Jenifer Bamuturaki, Chief Executive Officer, has revealed.
Ms. Bamuturaki made this revelation on Monday during the 18th AKWAABA Africa Travel and Tourism Market held in Lagos.
Flights to Lagos will begin before the end of December while flights to Abuja will begin in 2023, according to the airline CEO.
“I am happy to tell you that we, Uganda Airlines will begin our flights to Nigeria, for the first time in history, in December 2022. This will be our first flight to West Africa, we will begin that as we continue to grow slowly. When we come to Nigeria, we will be working through the recognized travel agents and tour operators,” she said.
Ms. Bamuturaki was one of the recipients of the top 100 African women in travel and tourism award. She appreciated Mr. Ikechi Uko, the convener of AKWAABA Africa Travel and Tourism Market for recognizing her effort in the travel space.
The CEO on the reception of her award dedicated it to Africa, the youth who are passionate about the industry, and, most importantly, Ugandan women who never give up, pushing forward and striving against all odds.
“I feel so honored because we are not many women in leadership in the aviation industry. So, to be recognized is a good thing. This is a win for women; this is a win for Uganda Airlines,” she said.
Ms. Bamuturaki encouraged several women to aspire for leadership roles in the tourism and travel industries as she acknowledged how difficult the task could be in a male-dominated industry.
Bamuturaki emerged as a winner throughout the number of 100 women who were nominated in July 2022 from East and Southern Africa.
Bamuturaki, with over 15 years of experience in the aviation industry, said that the secret to running a successful airline was to have good managers overseeing various aspects that needed to be monitored.
Uganda Airlines was also facing problems due to a hike in aviation fuel as experienced in Nigeria, among the local airlines, she added.
According to Uganda’s airline boss, the airline, has been able to manage the situation by increasing sales of different travel and holiday packages.
Ms. Bamuturaki advised African airlines to invest in different forms of partnership to improve seamless travel across the continent.