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

Supply & installation of IT equipment’s and training AIDS for KOICA Tower training room

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.

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 and competent bidders for the following:

No.Reference NumberDescription of TenderBid Security UgxMandatory Pre-bid Meeting Place and Date
1UCAA/SUPLS/20-21/00201  Supply & installation of IT equipment’s and training AIDS for KOICA Tower training room2,000,000.00Thursday 19th August, 2021 at 11:00am.  By Virtual Meeting Link will be provided after Purchase of the Document

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

For Detailed Tender: Download PDF

Disposal Notice by Public Auction Sale of Vehicles, Mechanical Equipment, IT Equipment, Furniture and Other assorted Items

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.
The Authority will conduct an auction of used and old motor vehicles, old and
obsolete mechanical items, IT equipment, furniture and other boarded off
items on SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021 at 9.00AM.
The items will be sold on as is, where is basis and UCAA will have no further
liability.
The Public Auction shall be conducted in accordance with the disposal
procedures contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets
Act 2003 and Regulations of 2014. The viewing will take place on Saturday,
August 14, 2021 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at UCAA Head Office, Entebbe.
Payment shall be 100% cash at the fall of the hammer and failure to do that,
the offer will be given to the second highest bidder (if he/she is above the
reserve price). UCAA is not bound to accept the highest or lowest or any bid.
Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the auction and viewing shall be
conducted in full compliance with Ministry of Health SOPs.
ALL PERSONS ATTENDING MUST WEAR A FACE MASK
AND SOCIAL DISTANCING SHALL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
AG. DIRECTOR GENERAL

For Details: Download PDF

UCAA, Entebbe International Airport retain prestigious ISO 9001:2015 QMS certification

ENTEBBE — Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) and Entebbe International Airport retained the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems (QMS) Certification, Mr. Vianney Luggya, UCAA, Manager Public Affairs has said.

Mr. Luggya said the process followed strict compliance with stringent requirements of the standard by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

The Certification body approved and re-certified UCAA, Entebbe Airport and 11 aerodromes to the ISO 9001:2015 standard in July 2021 for a period of three (3) years up to 2024.

Luggya said UCAA will undergo annual surveillance audits for monitoring and assessment purposes to ensure compliance and continuous improvement.

The QMS recertification audit on Uganda was conducted from April 10 to May 21, 2021. The certification was also awarded to Arua, Gulu, Kidepo, Jinja, Kasese, Kisoro, Pakuba, Soroti, Tororo, Mbarara and Moroto Airfields.

ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS).

Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organizations can certify.

ISO 9001 helps organizations ensure their customers consistently receive high quality products and services, which in turn brings many benefits, including satisfied customers, management, and employees.

The QMS ISO 9001:2015 certification was first awarded to Uganda in December 2018.

Mr. Luggya said it is a transition from the ISO 9001:2008 standard that was attained by UCAA and Entebbe International Airport in 2016.

“It relates to the provision of aeronautical services within the Flight Information Region of Uganda to include regulation, licensing, air navigation services, search and rescue, certification of air operators, operation and maintenance of aerodromes, security and corporate support services,” Luggya said.

He added that this certification implies that the holder has systems and processes in place that meet the needs of all interested parties in the aviation industry, including statutory and regulatory requirements.

UCAA plans consider risks and opportunities in the industry and this gives internal and external confidence that the QMS is based on an international standard that can be compared across the globe.

Key among others, Quality, Safety and Security concerns are core in aviation and industry players look at quality management certification as a demonstration of commitment to excellence.

Adopted from: PML Daily August 4, 2021

UCAA & Entebbe Airport Retain ISO 9001:2015 QMS Certification

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) and Entebbe International Airport retained the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems (QMS) Certification following compliance with stringent requirements of the standard by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The Certification body approved and re-certified UCAA, Entebbe Airport and 11 aerodromes to the ISO 9001:2015 standard in July 2021 for a period of three (3) years up to 2024. 

The Authority will undergo annual surveillance audits for monitoring and assessment purposes to ensure compliance and continuous improvement. The QMS recertification audit on Uganda was conducted from April 10 to May 21, 2021. The certification was also awarded to Arua, Gulu, Kidepo, Jinja, Kasese, Kisoro, Pakuba, Soroti, Tororo, Mbarara and Moroto Airfields.

The QMS ISO 9001:2015 certification was first awarded to Uganda in December 2018. It is a transition from the ISO 9001:2008 standard that was attained by UCAA and Entebbe International Airport in 2016. It relates to the provision of aeronautical services within the Flight Information Region of Uganda to include regulation, licensing, air navigation services, search and rescue, certification of air operators, operation and maintenance of aerodromes, security and corporate support services.

This certification implies that the holder has systems and processes in place that meet the needs of all interested parties in the aviation industry, including statutory and regulatory requirements.

UCAA plans consider risks and opportunities in the industry and this gives internal and external confidence that the QMS is based on an international standard that can be compared across the globe.

Quality, Safety and Security concerns are core in aviation and industry players look at quality management certification as a demonstration of commitment to excellence.

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Issued by:       Public Affairs Department               Contact person : Vianney M. Luggya                              Office of the Director General,                                Manager Public Affairs

                        Entebbe International Airport                            Tel: 0752-426559  

PUBLIC NOTICE

Reference is made to the Uganda Revenue Authority changes in tax invoice administration, which made it mandatory for all VAT registered taxpayers to issue e-invoices and e-receipts under the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) reminds affected suppliers/providers that it is only EFRIS invoices that are accepted for payment.

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