Air Transport

Being the fastest transport system across the world and reaching throughout the circle of the universe, air transport was embraced in Uganda.

Using air transport in the pearl of Africa dated back in 1950s, before the establishment of Entebbe international Airport by the British Colonialists. Entebbe airport was established as a region air hub of Africa considering the strategic location of Uganda

Air transport mode in Uganda started with the flying boats that could land at Port Bell, Luzira on the shores of Lake Victoria, to deliver mail. The flying at Luzira was an extension of the Wilson Airways that operated at the neighboring Kenya in 1929.

In 1946, the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) was formed, followed by the construction of the country’s airport at Entebbe in 1947. Entebbe International Airport was commissioned by princess Elizabeth of England in 1952.

Uganda is a landlocked country and the only way to connect with the rest of the world. Considering its quickest courtesy within and from the country has been of significance for out and inbound travelers, perishable like fish, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Uganda civil aviation services have been improving over years including the construction of terminal building extension to broaden the number of passenger and airlines operating in the country.

Air transport in Uganda operates across the country with various airstrips and airfield which are spread across the country.

Uganda Airlines

Uganda Airline is a national flag carrier that started operating in 1976 and was dissolved due to various reasons headed by bankruptcy. However, after decades without a national carrier yet the need surfaced to avail, Ugandan government promised to revive the national aircraft carrier as one way to boost tourism in place.

The government through Uganda Airlines bought 4 jets of Bombardier CRJ900ER which were delivered in 2020 and 2 of the Airbus A330-800 aircrafts received in 2021.

International Airport where Uganda Airlines

The intercontinental destinations under which Uganda Airline operates include; Heathrow Airport, Dubai International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Mumbai International Airport, airports in West Africa and airports in Southern Africa, Zanzibar, Kinshasa, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Mogadishu, Bujumbura, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, Juba.

International Air Operators at Entebbe Airport (Airline at Entebbe)

  • African Express Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • East African Safari Air Express Limited
  • Egypt Air
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Flydubai
  • Jambojet Limited
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Precision Air Services Plc
  • Qatar Airways
  • RwandAir
  • South African Airways
  • Tarco Air
  • Turkish Airlines

Domestic Air Operators at Entebbe International Airport

  • Aerolink
  • Eagle Air
  • Kampala Aeroclub and Flight Training Center

On – Scheduled Operators

  • Aim Air
  • Air Serv
  • Asante Aviation
  • Aerolink
  • Balloon Tour
  • DHL Aviation (k) ltd
  • Eagle Air
  • Grand Air Services Ltd
  • Jobihani Investments Ltd
  • Kampala Aeroclub and Flight Training Center
  • Kampala Executive Aviation
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship
  • Premier Safaris
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • SKA Air and Logistics (U) Ltd
  • Transafrik
  • Uganda Air Cargo
  • Vine Air Ltd

Domestic Airstrips

The country has the following domestic airstrips:

  • Arua
  • Gulu
  • Pakuba
  • Kidepo
  • Kasese
  • Soroti
  • Mbarara
  • Lira
  • Masindi
  • Jinja
  • Moroto
  • Tororo
  • Kisoro