Uganda to regain national airline

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has announced a plan to revive the Uganda Airlines brand as the national carrier of the East African nation. The president has asked the

new minister for works and transport to finalise negotiations with investors and to proceed with the rebuilding of the national airline with urgency. “Ugandan travellers are

suffering because of, apparently, not having a national airline,” said Museveni, while addressing his newly sworn in cabinet in late June. Speaking to Routes News at

this year’s Routes Africa event, senior representatives of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) confirmed that negotiations were currently taking place with officials from the airline to establish its initial network. A senior source at the UCAA

even suggested that negotiations had already been taking place over the past three months to ensure international traffic rights are in place for the start-up to launch operation before the end of 2016. Uganda Airlines was officially established in May, 1976. However, in the late 1990s, following years of losses, a decision was taken by the government to ease its burden and privatise the business.

Routes Africa press conference

Cape Town’s airport scoops Routes award

South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport was the overall winner of the Routes Africa edition of the Routes 2016 Marketing Awards. The awards were announced at

the Networking Evening, which took place at Finca Punta del Lomo, a rural complex built on a banana plantation in Tenerife. The Cape Town facility won

the overall award, having won the over 4 million passengers category at the event following recent strong passenger growth. In the

2015-16 financial year the airport reported growth of 10% to 9.7 million travellers following an 11% domestic increase, a regional boost of 19% and international growth of 8%. Moreover, the double-digit growth

is expected to continue, meaning the airport will soon break through the 10 million mark. Deidre Davids, senior manager

corporate affairs, Cape Town International Airport, said: “Through a collaborative multi-stakeholder approach, focused strategies and

Tenerife seeks to attract two new carriers to the island

The Tenerife government is in talks with two airlines to open new bases on the island in the near future. Speaking at Routes Africa,

Alberto Bernabe, director of tourism for Tenerife’s government, confirmed that discussions with one airline partner were scheduled for the week after the forum. Nor is it the only one, he added,

as the island’s favourable tax regime – corporate income tax is just 4% compared with 20% on average


elsewhere in Europe – begins to take effect. Bernabe said: “We are currently

in talks with one domestic [Spanish] and one British carrier to open new bases in Tenerife. “We will try to seduce them

with our attractive offer and highlight the successful strategies that helped deliver our other new base operations.” The news comes after

Tenerife South Airport recently welcomed new operational bases

ACI Africa’s Ali Tounsi received Cape Town International Airport’s award

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