By Standard Reporter
Air Uganda has increased daily frequencies with more direct flights on the Mombasa-Entebbe route.
The Ugandan national carrier will now fly five times weekly from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday to cater for the growing demand on the route.
The carrier has seen a growth of 39 per cent in passenger numbers on the route in the last quarter.
The success is attributed to increased trade between Kenya and Uganda, with the Mombasa port being a key entry point for goods within the East Africa region.
Air Uganda’s Country Manager, Njeri Wachira, said the Mombasa -Entebbe operation continued to exceed the airlines’ expectations over the past year. "We are pleased to build on this success by increasing our frequency to five times weekly," she said.
"When we commenced operations on this route in 2010 we promised to open up market opportunities for Kenya entrepreneurs in Uganda. This has been realised especially in manufacturing, construction, petroleum and the tourism sector," she added.
According to last year’s Ministry of Tourism report, Uganda recorded the highest number of tourists visiting Kenya from Africa, with a growth of 85.5 per cent (13,517 passengers) compared to the same period in 2010.
"We will continue to promote Mombasa as the tourist destination of choice in Uganda and work with various travel partners to further grow the number of tourists visiting Mombasa," said Ms Wachira.
Business executives flying directly from Moi International Airport, Mombasa to Uganda will now not be required to transit via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
"Our flying time from Mombasa to Entebbe is one hour, ensuring that time conscious business travellers cut back on upto three hours travel time when using our direct and affordable service," added Wachira.
Air Uganda flies three times daily to Entebbe from Nairobi set to up business between the two states.