The news comes in from Uganda where eight airlines have applied for service licenses to Uganda's civil aviation authority out of which four are first-timers. The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) heard presentations from airlines for scheduled and non-scheduled operations. The four airlines that have applied for renewal of their license include Entebbe Airways, Uganda Air Cargo, KAFTC trading as BAR Aviation and Samaritans' Purse International. On the other hand, the first-time applicants include Safari Air International, Panafric Aviation, DOTT Services and Aberdair Aviation Uganda.
The Terms of Applications
There were certain specifics also revealed by the report regarding the applications. Aberdair Aviation Uganda Limited has applied for an ASL using DHC-8-300, E110, and Airbus H125 helicopters. Safari Air International Limited has applied for an ASL to operate Cessna Aircraft Company 421C Golden Eagle, Beech (twin piston) Baron G58, and the Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru single-piston-powered monoplane. Dott Services Limited has applied for an ASL to operate a Cessna 510. And lastly, Panafric Aviation Limited has applied for an ASL using Piper (twin turboprop) PA-34 Seneca.
The UCAA acts as an advisory body to the government of Uganda in matters related to the growth of the air services. The UCAA public affairs manager Vianney Luggya stated that having more applicants seeking to commence air operations in Uganda’s air space is good news for the aviation industry. Currently, Uganda has twenty-four domestic scheduled and non-scheduled air operators and 17 international operators are currently conducting flights within Uganda.