Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority is reportedly, albeit very slowly, discussing additional fifth freedom rights with airlines in the region to restore the lost connectivity which existed before the exit of Air Uganda.
After handing fifth freedom rights from Entebbe to South Sudan to Ethiopian, not an EAC member country airline, and to RwandAir, the national airline of EAC, additional routes are now under consideration.
FlyDubai was handed fifth freedom rights to fly three times a week from Entebbe to Bujumbura. Daily flight options exist via RwandAir which connects through their Kigali hub on a daily basis as one can route with Kenya Airways via Nairobi, also on a daily basis.
Air Uganda’s AOC was pulled in June and with pressure on the hapless regulators still heavy, a source close to the UCAA confirmed that talks are about to be concluded to have a regional airline fly twice a day from Entebbe to Nairobi under fifth freedom rights.
The same appears to be happening for the Dar es Salaam route, which Air Uganda served twice a day and where Tanzania’s Fastjet now operates just four times a week after an initial two flights when launching a few weeks ago. Regular travelers have, like for destination Nairobi, continued to demand at least one daily flight between Entebbe and Dar es Salaam and it should be seen within the space of a week or two if this will indeed happen.