Uganda’s national carrier, the Uganda Airlines, is halting all flights to neighbouring countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Ever since the acquisition of the bombardier planes, the carrier has been flying passengers from Uganda to most of the neighbouring countries and central Africa.
Now, with COVID-19 declared a pandemic and growing at a fast rate across the world, Uganda Airlines has called off flights to Mogadishu, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Nairobi. It is clear that flights to Kilimanjaro will stop on 20th March, those to Mombasa on 22nd March, while those to Zanzibar stop on 23rd March.
Uganda Airlines joins a couple of other entities that have halted flights because of the same reasons. This is due to the fact that over the past few weeks, there has been a decline in air travellers especially on its international routes, as a result of fears over the global spread of coronavirus.
Jambojet also decided to suspend its services to Kigali, Rwanda and Entebbe, Uganda. RwandAir has also suspended flights to and from China, Israel and India, and waived re-booking fees for all flights made between March 9 and April 30, 2020. Kenya Airways and Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc are among the other African airlines that have suspended flights to China. Ethiopian Airlines, however, recently tweeted that it will keep operating flights to China while adhering to international standards to ensure the safety of its passengers.
It should be noted that Uganda has restricted visitors from some countries with what it terms high cases of coronavirus, including China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Spain. Travellers from these, and other high-risk countries are urged to consider “postponing non-essential travel to Uganda.”
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