Uganda Civil Aviation Authority boosts the 2021 Seniors Golf Tourney

  • At Uganda Golf Club, Kampala

The Uganda Seniors Golfing Society (USGS) and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) have a special unique bond.

It is a bond that was mended on earth and blessed in heaven.

For the 6th time in a row, UCCA has financially boosted the seniors golfing tournament with Shs. 8,000,000 package as announced at a press briefing on Tuesday, 14th December 2021 in Kampala.

Sam Onek, Uganda Seniors Golf Society chairman graced the launch, flanked by other executive members and UCAA manager of public relations, Vianney Luggya.

The 2021 edition will be held at the par 72 Uganda Golf Club (UGC), Kitante in Kampala on Saturday, 18th December.

Golf is one of the activities that will mark the 30th anniversary of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) with the celebrations climaxing in January next year.

“This is one of the events that will highlight our 30th anniversary celebrations. We are glad to be partnering with the senior golfers for a sixth time in a row. We associate with this event because golfers, especially seniors are frequent flyers and users of our facilities in Entebbe. It was therefore deemed prudent to give back in form of Corporate Social Responsibility to these key stakeholders as we celebrate Aviation Week and 30 years of existence” Vianney Luggya, UCCA Public Relations manager.

Over the years, the seniors golfing tournament has been always held during the Aviation Week (1st to 7th December) in memory of a series of meetings that culminated into the signing of the famous Chicago Convention that led to the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which oversees air transport across the globe. Uganda is one of the Contracting Member States of ICAO.

Incidentally, this year (during that time), the period was pre-occupied by the annual Uganda Golf Open series in Entebbe and as well the Kenya Day (Jamhuri Day) championship in Kampala.

Golfers above 55 years will compete in the main event with those below 55 years in the subsidiary event.

In 2020, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, this championship was won by Fred “Oga” Kasumba.

Kasumba won on countback with a 72 nett score to claim the main prize from Caleb Kakuyo.

A new champion awaits to be crowned since Kasumba is committed elsewhere.

Adopted from: Kawowo Sports December 15, 2021

Supply of Two (2) Major Foam Tenders & Deployment of Self Check in Kiosks & Related Servicesa EIA

  1. Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) is a Government statutory entity responsible for the promotion of the safe, secure and efficient development of Civil Aviation inside and outside Uganda.
  2. UCAA has published the following bids on the Electronic Government Procurement (EGP) and invites sealed bids for the works, supplies &services from eligible bidders as detailed below;
No.Reference noSubjectPre-bid meeting datesBid security  (UGX)Deadline for submission
1UCAA/SPLS/20-21/00152SUPPLY OF TWO (2) MAJOR FOAM TENDERS. Detailed Instructions to Bidders are also available on e-GP at https://www.egpuganda.go.ug  15/12/2021 Virtual. Bidders will be sent a link45,000,00014/12/2022
2UCAA/SPLS/20-21/00189DEPLOYMENT OF SELF CHECK IN KIOSKS & RELATED SERVICES AT EIA Detailed Instructions to Bidders are also available on e-GP at https://www.egpuganda.go.ug  8/12/2021 Entebbe International Airport15,000,00017/12/2021
  1. The bidding documents are available on EGP. Bidders who may wish to be assisted on EGP should visit; e-GP Support Office at Crested Towers, Level 5 Tall Tower, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Econimic Development

Tel: 0414707483 or email

  • The deadline for submission of bids shall be as indicated in the table above.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority is not bound to accept any bid.

DIRECTOR GENERAL

UGANDA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

A bridged Bid Notice Under Open Bidding on the Electronic Government Procurement System (E-GP)

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) invites sealed bids from eligible and competent bidders for the following procurements:  

NoREFERENCE NUMBERDESCRIPTION OF TENDERBID SECURITY (UGSHS)COST OF BIDMANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING PLACE AND DATEDATE FOR SUBMISSION CAN BE REVISED BY USE OF AN ADDENDUM
1UCAA/NCONS/2020-2021/00333Upgrade of Power Supply in the Main Substation To 8-10MVA Phase 2 (3.3/11KV Power Cable)  10,000,000  Ug.shs 100,000Thursday, 2nd December 2021 at 10:00 am Local Time  Friday, 17th December 2021 at 11:00am
2UCAA/WRKS/2020-2021/00013Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of A Crash And Fire Alarm System For EIA7,000,000Ug.shs 100,000Wednesday, 24th November 2021 at  10:00am Local TimeFriday, 17th December 2021 10:55am Local Time
3UCAA/NCONS/2020-2021/00324Provision of High-Speed Internet, Leased Lines and Mobile Data Under 2 Year Framework Contract Lot 1 – Provision high speed internet service Lot 2 – Provision Leased Line Data Services Lot 3 – Provision of Mobile Data Services1,600,000Ug.shs 100,000Not applicableFriday, 10.12.2021 at 11:00 am  
4UCAA/SPLS/2020-2021/00286Upgrade of On-Premises Microsoft Exchange Server 2019  4,000,000Ug.shs 100,000Not applicableFriday, 22nd December 2021 at 11:00am

2.Bidding documents shall be inspected and issued on www.egpuganda.go.ug

3. The detailed bid notices are also available on the above-mentioned website.

4. For further inquiries on how to access the e-GP system contact or +256414707483

MANAGEMENT

Expansion works at Entebbe International Airport at 75 per cent

What you need to know:

  • Most of the completed works, such as runways, taxiways, and parking aprons are already operational. The project also includes strengthening and expansion of Aircraft Parking Apron 1, which is at an 84.7 per cent completion level plus ongoing additional works and changes on the cargo building.

The China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which is contracted to upgrade and expand the Entebbe International Airport, has revealed that the works will be completed by the end of 2022.

This was confirmed by the CCCC Human Resource Manager, Mr Sun Yongjie, during a media tour of the project works on Thursday.

“The project includes strengthening of Runway 17/30 and its associated taxiways which is complete. Strengthening of Runway 12/30 and its associated taxiways is complete as well. Rehabilitation of Aircraft parking Aprons 2 and 4 is complete, and the new cargo center complex is nearing completion among others,” he said.

Also completed are the new Cargo Centre’s Aircraft Parking Apron, the cargo centre’s landside, and airside access roads.

Most of the completed works, such as runways, taxiways, and parking aprons are already operational. The project also includes strengthening and expansion of Aircraft Parking Apron 1, which is at an 84.7 per cent completion level plus ongoing additional works and changes on the cargo building.

Mr Yongjie added that the overall level of completion is currently at 75 per cent mainly because work on the new passenger terminal is yet to commence and that the project had been partly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On completion of the new Cargo Centre with the capacity to handle 100,000 metric tonnes annually, cargo operations will be relocated from the current area to the new Cargo Centre so that the current cargo building is demolished to pave way for the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building,” he said.

Modest renovations of Entebbe International Airport over the years have helped to keep it running, but the infrastructure has been overstretched as passenger traffic rose from 118,000 international passengers in 1991 to 1.98 million passengers in 2019, prior to Covid-19. In 2020, passenger traffic reduced to 565,541. The aviation industry is starting to pick up with October 2021 having registered the highest number of international passengers (100,455) since the resumption of commercial passenger operations.

Entebbe International Airport handled 64,731 metric tonnes of cargo in 2019 before Covid-19 and slightly dropped to 59,720 metric tonnes in 2020. The average for 2021 is a minimum of 5,000 metric tonnes per month, an indicator that higher figures are likely to be recorded by the end of 2021.

It is estimated that cargo transport through Entebbe airport will grow at a rate of 6.5% per year and continue to do so for the next 17 years.

According to the 20-year National Civil Aviation Master Plan, travel between Uganda and the rest of the world will grow rapidly over the next five years, requiring better infrastructure to make Entebbe the regional tourism and logistics hub.

The government mooted the idea of expanding the airport into a modern aviation hub as it sought to take advantage of fledgling tourism and export markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

By virtue of Entebbe’s location in the center of Africa, Entebbe was envisaged to attract carriers for refueling, while also attracting tourism and other satellite services.

Uganda subsequently acquired a concessional loan from EXIM Bank to the tune of US Dollars 200 million to expand, upgrade and modernize Entebbe International Airport.

According to the CCCC’s Assistant Human Resource Manager, Ms Florin Kiwalabye, the company employs about 1,000 people, many of whom are Ugandans.

Implementation of the first phase of the project commenced in May 2016. The project is expected to enable the airport to accommodate current and future air traffic demands. It is also envisaged to enhance the contribution of air transport to the Ugandan Economy through increased job creation, tax revenues, and boost tourism, trade, and other productive sectors.

Adopted from: The Daily Monitor November 19, 2021

Entebbe International Airport project is value for money!

ENTEBBE —Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has launched an impassioned defence of Entebbe International Airport expansion projects after recycled claims of lack of accountability were once again addressed to various bodies, including the Public Accounts Committee on Commissions and Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises.

UCAA is once again a target of smear campaign with a regurgitated wave of allegations of impropriety by bitter employee Mr. Pascal Jabbe Osinde, whose services were terminated following a court order.

It has now emerged that UCAA may be a victim of it’s own success with strong performance returns, a headache for some specific players who targeted UCAA and the new Director General Fred Bamwesigye in the aftermath of the fallout for the top job.

See full statement below

One of the misrepresented issues is in relation to a mix-up in the projects for relocation of the Karibuni First Class and Business Lounge at Entebbe International Airport, and another for creation of additional offices on the third floor of the passenger terminal building.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Entebbe International Airport was experiencing
steady passenger traffic growth, which often led to congestion, especially at peak time, and this impacted the passenger facilitation process. In an effort to decongest the transit concourse, it was resolved that Jamani Investment Ltd, the proprietor of Karibuni Lounge, should undertake to relocate their facility from the transit concourse area, and were to finance the construction of their Business Lounge facility in another area. They were to recoup their investment through rental fee waivers, a global practice undertaken world over. The Karibuni relocation has not even commenced (as insinuated in various reports) because the process is yet to be concluded.

In addition, the proposed area where the business/first class lounge is to be relocated to is currently occupied with staff offices, which were also agreed to be relocated and constructed on the third floor as an extension to the existing offices. It is on record that structural integrity studies for the passenger terminal building were carried out by two independent Consultants; Techlab Ltd and Sentoogo & Partners. All the two reports concluded a satisfactory structural integrity of the building. The two projects, namely; construction of additional offices on the 3rd floor and relocation of the business/first class lounge to the 2nd floor, are unfortunately being mixed up. There is also no extra floor planned to be added on to the existing Terminal Building as alleged.

The two projects are aimed at reducing on congestion in the Transit Concourse, modernizing the boarding lounges into the current Open Lounge Concept that has improved the passenger facilitation experience, leading to efficient screening of passengers, and providing a conducive environment for passengers. The projects will also ensure that the Terminal Building comfortably accommodates the growing number of
transit passengers following the coming on board of the National Airline. The spacious area currently occupied by the Karibuni Lounge would thereafter be reconfigured to become a comfortable waiting area for transit passengers waiting for long hours, thereby making Entebbe more competitive in terms of passenger facilitation.

The Open Lounge Concept has already been implemented leading to more space for social distancing within the terminal. It came in handy to address implementation of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure requirements, and has not only improved the ambience of the area, but also been highly appreciated by many stakeholders.

The construction of additional offices on the third floor was subjected to a competitive domestic public tender and the best evaluated bidder was Seyani Brothers & Co (U) Ltd. at a contract price of 10,460,210,156/=. The current implementation progress is at 62%. This is contrary to the unfounded allegation claiming that the project is to cost USD 5 million.
It is important to note that the UCAA Board of Directors were duly informed about the project, appreciated its rationale and gave it a go ahead to proceed in separate meetings held on June 18, 2019 and July 30, 2020. The Ministry of Works and Transport also cleared the project to proceed.

In relation to land allegations, it ought to be clarified that there were claims by a cultural group, Mmamba Kakoboza Ssiga Lya Mugula on UCAA land at Entebbe International Airport. Earlier on, Government allocated Plot M121 located near the airport and measuring 132 Hectares/362.17 acres to UCAA for expansion of aviation facilities. On November 22, 2001, Uganda Land Commission approved the lease that led to conferment of title to UCAA in October 2003 for a lease period of 99 years. The land was previously used by Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries, and it comprises the site for the current Entebbe Airport Expansion Project.

The cultural group sought to reclaim a significant portion of the land arguing that they had customary interest. They asserted that during the construction of the Airport, the colonial regime compulsorily took over the said land without compensating them. They filed a High Court Civil Suit No. 595 of 2016 over alleged deprivation of land by the UCAA and the Uganda Land Commission (ULC). In January 2017, the Plaintiff withdrew the first suit and filed Civil Suit No. 033 of 2017, claiming customary ownership of part of the land measuring 68.113 acres of land that was allocated to the Authority. UCAA has made use of all possible avenues to ensure that physical possession of the land is not compromised. When senior officials were summoned to the Land Commission of inquiry on allegation of unlawful acquisition and eviction of the purported owners of the land, the Authority wrote to the Uganda Land Commission in February 2019 notifying them of the civil suit and requested them to
handle the claimants’ matter. UCAA was allocated land by Uganda Land Commission so there is no way that UCAA would compensate/pay any body for land vested to her by another Agency. In any case, UCAA does not have capacity to pay the 450 billion shillings mentioned in the wild allegation, given the current responsibilities for safety, security and now COVID-19 compliance in aviation.
The bulk of the Authority’s land at Regional Airports is secure following an exercise undertaken for boundary opening and cadastral surveys. While there are some challenges in Lira, most of the land elsewhere is fenced. Local authorities in Lira encroached on Lira Airfield land prior to 2005. In the recent past, the District Authority graded a road in close proximity to the runway, which the Authority stopped in liaison with the Resident District Commissioner. In
collaboration with local leaders in Lira, UCAA agreed to relocate the facility to a new site at Anai, in Erute county where land was earmarked by Government for an airport development for Lango sub-region. The current site was to be used for construction of a modern stadium in Lira town, now City. The current Lira Aerodrome is only 1200 meters long and 30 meters wide,
which is so limited to the extent that only light aircraft are allowed to operate. There are obstructions, including high rise buildings on either approach to the runway.

The proposed alternative land at Anai stretches over 4 kilometers and has a width of about 1 Kilometer, which is ideal for airport developments. We are, however, still owning Lira Airfield in its current state until it is decommissioned for other land use.

In line with Government’s plan to upgrade aerodromes at Kasese, Gulu, Arua and Tororo, UCAA undertook some studies that revealed need for additional land to be acquired for the developments. The Authority hired survey consultants who worked with local authorities and the Chief Government Valuer to determine compensation packages, and the compensations were effected. 100% of affected persons were compensated in Gulu, and 99% in Kasese where one person objected to the values. A section of the compensated people came up after 7 years and claimed that the values were low. The Chief Government valuer declined to review the already effected compensations and the matter is in the High Court in Fort portal. In Arua, 97% were compensated and in Tororo, compensation is approximately 98% complete.

At Arua and Tororo aerodromes, the few pending cases are being reviewed and once finalized, the Government will be advised to effect payments. The reviews involve multiple stakeholders, such as the Chief Government Valuer, Administrator General, Local leaders and other land management authorities.

In relation to land allocations, the Authority follows prescribed procedures and policy to allocate land to aviation related government service providers and private sector actors on a concessionary arrangement. Such allocations, include land allocated to Uganda Peoples Defense Air Force at Soroti for establishment of a military Airbase, land to Uganda Police Air wing (UPF) for the establishment of a maintenance hangar for their fleet of helicopters at Jinja Aerodrome, and land to Vine Air, a flying academy at Jinja Aerodrome for establishment of a training facility.

There was also a temporally allocation of land to Dalbit to set up aviation fuel depots at Gulu and Arua during the time the World Food Program was airlifting humanitarian supplies to South Sudan.

Government also entered into a memorandum of understanding with
BASE 7 International who are still going through the certification process for setting up an Aviation Training organization and Aircraft Maintenance facility at Mbarara Aerodrome. It needs to be clarified that land allocation is aimed at carrying out aviation related activities in a complimentary manner.

In relation to the project for the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport, the Government of Uganda secured funds from the Exim Bank of China for work to be undertaken by China Communication Construction Company. Government split the loan into 2 phases, with the 1st phase totaling 200 million US Dollars. The Government took a deliberate decision to split the loan due to limitations of absorption and redundancy, which
would accrue unnecessary interest.

During the phasing, the team took a critical look at the components of the project to fit within the available funds for the first phase. As a result, the freighter house, which provides office space for clearing and forwarding agents, could not fit within the available United States Dollars 200 Million for the first phase.

Through a competitive international bidding process, UCAA procured a supervising consultant for the project, Dar Al Handasah Consultants, one of the leading consulting firms in airport designs and construction supervision for the last 7 consecutive years, according to Engineering News Record. The project is well supervised and the project management team in conjunction with officials from the Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development, Ministry of Works and Transport were able to renegotiate the unfavorable loan clauses to the advantage of Uganda.

During the 1st Covid-19 lockdown, the team was able to work on 2 runways; the primary runway 17/35 and the secondary runway 12/30 to completion. The overall project is on course and at 75% level of completion.

In relation to allegations of omissions that necessitated a scope change in the cargo center project’s construction, it should be clarified that there were no omissions, but changes dictated by the needs of the dynamic aviation industry whose planning parameters often change due to changes in technology, customer preferences, global threats and traffic volumes.

The changes addressed new challenges relating to global aviation security and two other critical factors, namely; Freight Integrators and Transit cargo.

The requirements necessitated a change in design layout to provide for more space for screening and to ensure departing cargo is in stored compartments or caged under lock and key. These were new requests from end users that had to be taken care of before operationalizing the facility.

The growth in Freight Integrators cargo also surpassed previous projections. At the time of design in 2014, cargo operators were occupying a space of 100m2 in the existing cargo building. The design provided for a space of 200m2 for the freight integrators (double what they were occupying). At the time of construction in 2019, the freight integrators were occupying a space of 800m2 .

At the moment, one of the freight integrators is even asking for land to establish a hub for East and Central Africa at Entebbe International Airport. It is therefore super exponential growth that affected the Authority’s projections and subsequently planning. There is also exponential growth in transit cargo. At the time of the design, Uganda was not the hub for UN Transit Cargo, and there was no plan for Uganda to become a UN Transit Cargo hub, which it is now.

In relation to the internally funded re-modification of the Passenger Terminal Building, it was proposed to improve the departures Area as phase 1 Works and Arrivals Area as phase 2 Works by constructing two separate buildings as designed by Arch Design Architects.

The phase 1 scope covers remodeling of the existing Departures Area, construction of a new Departures (Concession) Block, refurbishment and upgrade of the existing Check in Hall and departure Road, drainage, landscaping, and vehicle parking works.

Following appointment of the Supervising Consultant, Ssentoogo and Partners, Architects and Planning Consultants, a Review of the Designs was undertaken in consultation with Airport Stakeholders. It was agreed that instead of two separate buildings, one building should be constructed incorporating Departures and Arrivals, as it is with the existing Terminal.

The cost of the redesigned project was 49,099,280,704/= in comparison to the original cost of 42,695,016,700/= (as the best evaluated bid price from a competitive open domestic bidding) due to increase in scope of works aimed at eliminating congestion and eliminating security concerns, among others.

Upon completion of phase 1, Entebbe Municipal Council Authorities inspected the works and established that the Departures Floor level was constructed in accordance with the Approved Drawings under the Public Health Act and the Planning and Building Regulations, and issued the occupation permit.

Phase 2 works are yet to commence due to current financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 impact. UCAA through the Ministry of Works and Transport requested for government subvention to cater for the funding gaps.

The allegation of cost inflation is unfounded. The whistleblower also made an unfair comparison of the project with that of another government agency’s office tower whose scope was totally different.

Coincidentally, the two projects were executed by the same Contractor, Seyani Brothers and Company Uganda Limited. The office Tower project for another agency whose cost was being compared has a total surface area of 42,508m2 at a cost of 129,100,134,329/=, which translates into a unit rate of 3,037,079/= per square meter. On the other hand, the UCAA project has a total area of 17,327m2 at a cost of 49,099,280,704 Uganda shillings, which translates into a unit rate of 2,833,686/= per square meter.

With such works, one cannot use the number of floors as a measure of comparison because the floors are of different areas, have different functionalities, the details and requirements for each floor is different, and the figures quoted are inaccurate.

Adopted from: Ug. Standard October 19, 2021

30 Years of Success: Uganda Civil Aviation Authority milestones listed

It is 30 years this year since Uganda Civil Aviation Authority was established in 1991. At UCAA’s establishment in 1991, Entebbe International Airport handled 118,000 passengers and the figure rose to 1,980,000 in 2019, but reduced to 565, 541 in 2020 owing to the effected occasioned by the COVID -19 pandemic.

 In August 2021, Entebbe International Airport recorded 81,968 international passengers (33,941 arrivals, 37,419 departures and 10,608 transit) compared to 61,328 in July 2021, 75,472 passengers in June, 77,063 in May and 85,054 in April.

In relation to cargo, while the airport recorded 6,600 metric tonnes of cargo in 1991, 64,731 metric tonnes of cargo were recorded in 2019 prior to the outbreak of the COVID – 19 pandemic and 59,720 metric tonnes of cargo in 2020.

The newly done associated taxiways at Entebbe International Airport

In August 2021, Entebbe recorded 5,154 metric tonnes of cargo compared to 5,871 in July, 5148 in June, 5,329 in May, 5,725 in April, 5,977 in March, 4,766 in February and 4,911 metric tonnes in January 2021.

Over the years, UCAA has registered a number of milestones which include;

  • A VVIP facility was constructed in 2007 facility to facilitate Heads of State.
  • Rehabilitation of the VVIP Aircraft Parking Apron 2 and Aircraft Parking Apron 4 –Completed.
  • Construction of a new 100,000 tonnes Cargo center as part of the overall upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport – Ongoing.
  • Ongoing construction of a Fuel Hydrant Line & Fuel Firm. The facility is fitted with the most advanced aviation fuel operation equipment and technology. On completion, the storage capacity will be 23 million liters. Initially, capacity will be enhanced from the current 7.5 million litres to 16.5 million litres.
  • Strengthening of Runway 17/35 and its associated Taxiways -Completed.
  • Strengthening and rehabilitation of Runway 12/30 – 98% complete.
  • Landside expansion of the Passenger Terminal building. Departure area already in use and soon people will have access to the departure road and drop-off passengers by the terminal access.
  • In terms of automation there was implementation of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) project funded by the Republic of Korea with a grant of USD 9.5 million, and counterpart funded by UCAA. This, among others, ensured; Improvement of Air Traffic Management (ATM) Flight Procedures, Supply and Installation of Training Equipment and the Terminal Operations Control Centre.
  • The International Civil Aviation Organization Council President’s Certificate in aviation security following an outstanding performance in the Universal Security Audit Program with a score of 81.8% which was well above the global average of 73%.
  • UCAA is a pilot entity in the implementation of the new Electronic Government Procurement system (eGP). The Authority went live in November 2020.
  • Development of a 20-year National Civil Aviation Master Plan in 2014 covering the period up to 2033.
  • Acquired a new Air Traffic Control Radar in 2007 and upgraded it in 2017 to extend its life span by another 10 years.
  • Revival of a national airline following advise to Government from UCAA on its importance to air transport.
  • UCAA retained the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Certification in 2021 from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
  • Uganda has to date concluded a total of 47 Bilateral Air Service Agreements with various countries, 25 of which are operational

Adopted from: The Local.ug on September 15, 2021

Entebbe records increased passenger numbers

Entebbe records increased passenger numbers. Uganda Civil Aviation Authority– UCAA says passenger numbers at Entebbe International Airport increased by 34 percent from 61,328 travelers in July to 81,986 passengers in August.

The increase is linked to the rising number of migrant workers traveling to the Middle East, the easing of travel restrictions led by the United Arab Emirates-UAE. Last month, Uganda lifted the ban on flights from India while UAE lifted the ban on flights from Uganda in mid-August for resident permit holders.

Vianney Luggya, the UCAA spokesman says that of the 81,968 passengers who passed through Entebbe Airport in August, the majority were departing or in transit. He says 37,415 people departed, 10,608 were in transit and the remaining 33,941 were arrivals.

Entebbe Airport resumed commercial flight operations last October. Since then, the passenger numbers have been fluctuating from month to month due to easing or imposition of global travel restrictions.

UCAA figures show that passenger numbers grew from 42,633 in October 2020 to over 50,000  in the first four months of 2021.  In October, 23,867 of the passengers were arrivals, 15,461 were departing and 3,305 were in transit.

However, the passenger numbers spiked from  53,494 in January, 5,988 in February, 76,233 in March, and  85,054  in April.

The April figures excited the sector players since they surpassed those for February. However, the excitement dropped in May until July because Uganda detected the Delta variant and instituted extra measures such as banning flights from India and re-testing travelers from nine other countries including Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and South Sudan.  

Uganda also instituted a nationwide lockdown in June. However, the airport remained open. But passenger numbers dropped because UAE, UK, and Canada banned flights from Uganda in June while airlines such as Rwanda Air suspended flights due to the surging number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda.

The passenger numbers as a result of the measures dropped in May from 77,063 travelers to 75,472 passengers in June. The airport however recorded the lowest number of travelers in July, with 61,328 passengers.

The daily average of passengers thereby reduced to 1,978 compared to 5,412 passengers before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Uganda.

Though Uganda is still on the UK red list, with the easing of travel restrictions elsewhere, the passenger numbers have increased over the last four weeks.

Richard Mujjuzi, a travel agent and former chairman of Ugandan Association of Travel Agents-TUGATA, says that most people are traveling for work, business, and medical care.

He adds that few tourists are traveling because of restrictions. “For instance, many people are struggling to get fully vaccinated to travel to Canada that lifted Uganda’s travel ban on September 7 and also the inconvenience of taking two COVID-19 tests for those going to UAE.”

Mujjuzi is however optimistic that the aviation industry could record a 40 percent recovery rate by end of the year if more countries open up and also if more people travel for say the Dubai Expo that will run from October 2020 to January 2021.

“Otherwise, the increase in passenger numbers is currently driven by recruitment of migrant workers,” says Mujjuzi.

Mujjuzi however says levying each departing passenger 10 US Dollars, as approved by parliament to boost aviation revenue,  and mandatory testing for all arriving passengers could discourage non-essential travel. The government is expected to pronounce itself on both proposed measures and whether or not they will be implemented at the airport. 

Ronald Mukundane, the spokesperson of Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) says  13,000 migrant workers left the country in August, up from a monthly average of 9,000. The workers were destined for mainly Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Oman.

Mukundane however says labor companies are still struggling to get UAE visas for migrant workers. “So we expect workers to start traveling to Dubai next month.”

He says the companies are now negotiating with Uganda Airlines, operating Dubai flights starting October, to secure air tickets.

Dubai is one of the top four routes from Entebbe International Airport, with an average of 16 flights a week.

Irene Nalujja is among the several passengers who are delighted about UAE lifting the travel ban and hopes to fly back to Dubai in November. She however wants the government to reduce the turnaround time to less than two hours and the cost of re-testing arriving passengers from 65 US Dollars to 50 US Dollars.

Adopted from: Graha Details.com September 13, 2021

CAA approves two Uganda Airlines’ airbuses

The Civil Aviation Authority has approved the two A330-800 Neo Airbuses and included them on Uganda Airlines’ Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

The Airbuses arrived last December and January this year, but they remained grounded pending CAA’s approval. 

Uganda Airlines made the announcement on their Twitte handler, saying: “Hooray! The wait is over! Uganda Airlines’ big cranes, the Airbuses, have been added to our Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will soon be set to fly long haul. Welcome to a new world of greater connectivity.”

The approval process takes five phases including pre-application, application, and document evaluation, demonstration of the approved documents and inclusion of the aircraft on the existing Air Operator’s Certificate.

Early this month, the airline’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Jenifer Bamuturaki noted that they were in the third phase of the approval process. She was however optimistic that the airbuses would be approved by end of August.

As part of the approval process, the airbuses made demonstration flights. On August 12, one of the Airbuses made a demonstration flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT

The development is a boost to the airline since it plans to start flying long-haul commercial routes to places like Dubai next month.

Uganda Airlines had initially planned to start flying to Dubai on July 16, 2021, but postponed the launch because CAA had not approved the two A330-800 Neo Airbuses.

The flights were also delayed because of the suspension of flights by UAE to Uganda to combat the spread of COVID-19. The country was battling the second wave of the pandemic.  But some media reports also showed that UAE made the decision after over 200 Ugandans who presented negative COVID-19 test results tested positive upon arrival in UAE.

However, on August 5, 2021, UAE started allowing flights from Uganda for people with valid resident entry permits.

The airline is targeting migrant workers who travel to the Middle East and businesspeople among others on the Dubai route. Between 200 and 300 migrant workers leave the country daily for work in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and other gulf countries every day.

 Mr Ronnie Mukundane, the Spokesperson of Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UERA), said air ticket prices will be more competitive once Uganda Airlines commences Dubai flights.

FlyDubai and Emirates are the only airlines that currently ply the Dubai route because UAE requires passengers from Uganda to present two negative PCR COVID-19 test certificates.  The first negative test result certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departure time. The second one must be taken at the airport and the test result certificate issued four hours before departure.

However, Uganda Airlines hopes to attract more clients on the Dubai route and other routes by offering affordable prices and excellent services.

Uganda Airlines hopes to also commence London flights in November this year. The airline had expected to operate its first London flight in September but has postponed the launch because the UK also red-listed Uganda in June over surging COVID-19 cases.

Mr Bamuturaki says the airline plans to launch other regional and international routes such as Mumbai, Guangzhou, Lagos, and Kisangani by 2023.

Meanwhile, Uganda Airlines will mark two years since its services were revived on August 29. The airline re-launched flights 18 years after it had been liquidated in 2001. It was first launched in 1976 by the then President Idi Amin.

During its first year of resumption, the airline carried over 75,000 passengers in its four CRJ 900 Bombadier air crafts that ply regional routes namely Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Juba.

When the Airbuses were added to its fleet, President Yoweri Museveni said the revived airline will support Uganda’s economic growth by facilitating transport and tourism.

He added that it will be “a major boost if the $400 million Ugandans spend annually on air travel comes to our own airline.”

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Uganda used to receive approximately 1.6 million tourists every year, with earnings of over $1.5 billion annually.

However, the board of directors and top managers of the airline were suspended three months ago on allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Adopted from: The Daily Monitor Friday August 20, 2021

Framework contract for Supply of Office Drinking Water for a period of three years (CAA/SUPLS/20-21/00205)

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is a Government statutory Entity responsible for the promotion of the safe, secure and efficient development of Civil Aviation inside and outside Uganda.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority owns and operates Entebbe International Airport and 13 domestic Aerodromes, five of which are designated as entry and exit points to boost tourism and regional trade across the borders.

UCAA invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the following projects:

N0.Reference NumberDescription of Tender
1CAA/SUPLS/20-21/00205  Framework contract for Supply of Office Drinking Water for a period of three years

1.   Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the open domestic bidding procedures contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2014, and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries.

For Details: Download PDF

Retender of Supply, Installation and Commissioning of GPS NTP Master Clocks for MHS Remote Stations (CAA/WORKS/20-21/00040)

  Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is a government statutory entity responsible for the promotion of the      safe, secure and efficient development of Civil Aviation inside and outside Uganda.

  1. The Authority has allocated funds to be used for Retender of Supply, Installation and Commissioning of GPS NTP master clocks for AMHS remote stations.
  2. CAA invites sealed bids from eligible, competent and reputable firms to supply the above system.

            Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the open international bidding procedures contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2003, and are open to all bidders from eligible source countries

For detailed bid: Download PDF