More than 50% of airport expansion works is complete – CAA officials

The Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that the airport expansion works have hit 56% of planned operations. The revelation came as CAA officials inspected the different sections of the airport. The acting authority director general, Fred Bamwesigye says they are on schedule and expected to be complete by December. Some sections like the Cargo centre and aprons, where planes pack. The first phase of the airport expansion is will be expected to be complete by may in 2021

Adopted from: NTV Uganda online August 17, 2019

Uganda Airlines resumes after 18 years

The two Uganda airlines CRJ 900 planes’ tails decorated with Uganda flag colours at the VVIP Parking Apron of Entebbe International Airport where they were officially welcomed into the country in April. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

The Ministry of Works and Transport has urged Ugandans to look at the revival of the national airlines as an infrastructure development that government is undertaking to develop Uganda’s economy.
A well-functioning air transport sector offers significant economic development benefits, particularly for landlocked, isolated and low population-density countries.

In telephone interview with Prosper Magazine on August 7, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Mr Waiswa Bageya, said Uganda Airlines is an infrastructure development like roads and railway with several benefits to the country.

“The revival of Uganda Airlines is in the National Resistance Movement manifesto and National Development Plan,” he said.

Boosting tourism
Mr Bageya said Uganda Airlines which will take off on August 28, is an infrastructure in terms of air transportation which is vital for the tourism industry and export of goods especially the perishable goods.
“Uganda Airlines will boost Uganda’s tourism industry because tourists used to spend hours at Dubai Airport to get connecting flights to Uganda. But with Uganda Airlines, we can fly tourists straight from London or from Dubai and any other Asian cities to Entebbe using our direct flights which we have planned to have in place,” he said.

Mr Bageya explained that Uganda is going to have four aircrafts for regional operations with direct flights and two Airbus A330-800neos, for international flights. These will also operate direct flights and by doing that the national carrier will make Uganda competitive in the tourism industry thanks to the availability of air transport.
As times goes on, Mr Bageya said they plan to have franchise agreements with local airlines whereby if tourists land at Entebbe International Airport, they will be a direct flight from Entebbe to Kidepo national park or any other national parks without necessarily using road transport to get to the tourist destination.

Mr Bageya said all the money which Uganda Airlines needed for operations has been provided by the government and any financial need that remains will be provided in the next budget of 2020/21 financial year.
He said the feasibility study done by the National Planning Authority gave many recommendations to government concerning the national airlines as an infrastructure development.

The feasibility study was carried out by the National Planning Authority for the revival of the national airlines following a directive from the Presidential Economic Council (PEC).
Overall, the report recommends that investment in the National Carrier should be considered as an infrastructure for enhancing the country’s global connectivity and competitiveness beyond direct financial benefits. The Carrier will play a critical catalytic role in tourism development and promotion of export growth and investment in various priority sectors.

The study particularly highlights that the National Carrier will facilitate significant direct foreign exchange savings to the country through cheaper air transport for passengers and cargo.
The study recommends that Government implements the investment option for aircraft purchase with a combination of regional and international operations that gives greatest financial and economic benefits to Uganda.
The study also recommends that the investment in the National Carrier should be considered as an infrastructure for enhancing the country’s global connectivity and competitiveness, beyond the direct financial benefits.

During an engagement workshop on August 2, Mr Ephraim Bagenda, the chief executive officer of Uganda Airlines, told Prosper Magazine that Uganda Airlines is a high-end infrastructure which comes with a lot benefits and leads to development of the other sectors.
“Entebbe airport is undergoing expansion to accommodate more flights because there is need for air transport infrastructure,” he said.
The World Bank states in its global study that the global aviation industry is facing a clear-cut problem – infrastructure is not being built fast enough.
“As demand rapidly grows in many key places, the lack of infrastructural supply is causing significant challenges. If the global players won’t have the proper capability to manage traffic in the air and at airports, the industry’s growth will be severely restricted,” said the World Bank.

The World Bank stresses that together with telecommunications, air transport represents sectors that epitomise globalisation in an economy as well as in a sociopolitical sense worldwide.
“Because of the combination of rapid technological change, falling real unit costs, industry consolidation, the low-cost carrier (LCC) business model, the existence of adequate pricing mechanisms, and consumer willingness to pay for safe, cost-effective services, air transport, compared with other infrastructure sectors such as roads, rail and water, has the opportunity to develop commercially, with minimal fiscal requirements (indeed potentially a positive fiscal contribution from an expanded economy),” said the World Bank.

The World Bank explains that with today’s competitiveness standards, it is difficult to conceive of a country or region that will be able to integrate into global and national markets without well-functioning communication and air transport systems.
“Without such systems and the best possible international linkages, national markets will be smaller and some markets may not exist. Because of the complementary nature of infrastructure services with the development of commercial services, it is likely that private investment will be less profitable and there will be less private investment,” cautions the World Bank.

Impact 

Explaining the importance of Uganda Airlines to Uganda’s economy, the technical advisor of Uganda Airlines, Mr Cornwell Muleya said: “It is going to support the economy, tourism industry and export promotion, creating a multiplier effect in the rest of the economy.”
Currently, there are 2 million passengers that pass through the Entebbe Airport.
“The airline industry market in Africa is growing by 6.7 per cent. In the next few years, we are going to have 3.4 million travelers using Entebbe airport,” he anticipated.

Ownership 
Uganda Airline Company Ltd, trading as Uganda Airlines is a limited company owned by Government of Uganda, with the Ministry of Works and Transport together with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development as shareholders.

Adopted from: The Daily Monitor August 13, 2019

Uganda Air Traffic Registering Exponential Growth – UCAA

While talking to East African Business Week Digital in Entebbe on August 15, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) Manager Public Affairs Vianney Mpungu Luggya noted that passenger traffic and cargo volumes have been steadily growing over the years

He said: “In 1991 when UCCA had just been established, in terms of cargo, we recorded 6600 metric tonnes. In 2018, we recorded 62,000 metric tonnes of cargo. That’s why we are putting up a 100,000 metric-tonne capacity cargo centre with a provision for expansion to handle 150,000 metric tonnes.”

He added: “For passengers, in 1991, at the establishment of UCAA, we had a paltry 118,000 international passengers for a whole year in and out. In 2017, we recorded 1.65 million passengers and in 2018, the number rose to 1.84 million passengers.

“For the first part of 2019, from January to June, we have recorded slightly over 900,000 international passengers in comparison to slightly over 800,000 recorded from January to June 2018. This means, already, for the first part of 2019, we have recorded over 70,000 new passengers. That is an indicator that by the end of 2019, we will record more passengers. The remaining part of the year is the busier period.”

What is contributing to the growth?

According to Luggya, a number of factors have contributed to the growth being realised over time.

“Tourism is the major contributor. First, Uganda is well endowed in terms of tourism potential in the form of attractions for tourists. Secondly, the promotion of Uganda’s tourism has gone to another level attracting many tourists. These tourists contribute a big number of travellers who come in by air,” he said.

He also noted increasingly, Uganda is now playing to international conferences, “Many international conferences are being hosted in Uganda; we recently had the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar being hosted here, Uganda is about to host the G77 Summit, there is also the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary conference coming up. These events attract many heads of state as well as delegates who come by air leading to growth in numbers.”

The increasing number of Ugandans going for work especially to the Middle East has also played a role. “The number of Ugandans going to work abroad, especially in the Middle East has gone up, something that has also grown the passenger traffic,” Luggya said.

Increased frequency of flights: Emirates operates two flights three times a week, Brussels Airlines operates daily flights, Kenya Airways has 6 flights a day five days a week while on the other two days it operates 5 flights while Ethiopian Airways operates about 29 flights a week to Entebbe.

Uganda Airlines: Uganda Airlines commences flights on August 28 and Luggya believes this will also boost the air traffic to Entebbe Airport.

Domestic air transport

According to Luggya, domestic air transport is not growing much as international air travel mainly because of better road networks, improved security as well as the cost of domestic tickets. “The cost of domestic tickets is a little bit higher probably because there have been fewer players. Now that new players are coming on board, fares are likely to go down.”

Tips for first for a first time air traveller

UCAA Manager Public Affairs Vianney Luggya advises first-time air traveller to look out for the following if they are to have pleasant flights:

  • Check for visa requirements (depending on the destination)
  • Get the yellow fever jab and move with your card
  • Passport (Some countries in East Africa may not need a passport)
  • Ticket: Double check to establish authenticity of the ticket
  • Time: Be at the airport at least 3 hours before check-in time
  • Weight: Check for weight requirements to avoid last-minute disorganisation
  • Security: Travel light (avoid metallic belts, chains, perfumes and gels of more than 100ml in hand luggage)

By Edna Kyokunzire

Adopted from:  The East African Business Week Digital o August 17, 2019

CAA issues operational licence to Uganda Airlines

In Summary

Uganda National Airlines Company Limited has been issued with an Air Operator Certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority, a move that will officially allow it start commercial flights.

The renewable licence was issued on July 26, 2019 and will expire on July 25, 2020.

The national carrier missed its scheduled start for the commercial flights this month because it didn’t have a licence.

“This is the biggest milestone in operationalising our commercial flights,” Uganda Airlines posted on its facebook page after receiving the licence.

Minister of Works and Transport Monica Azuba Ntege told journalists this week that the airline will be able to fly in August. The launch routes will be Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, and Mogadishu.

These destinations, the minister said, will be operated first to orient staff and service providers. Other destinations will come after August.

Adopted from: The Daily Monitor Saturday July 27, 2019

CAA (AMENDMENT) ACT 2019 EMPOWERS AVIATION AUTHORITY

Following H.E. The President of Uganda’s assent to the CAA (Amendment) Act 2019, there has been a change of Company name from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) and the regulatory Authority has been further empowered to undertake certain actions.

One of the salient changes in the Act provides for empowerment and granting unrestricted access to UCAA inspectors to inspect aerodromes, air operator premises and aircraft without prior notice. It also provides for on-spot penalties, among others, to enhance safety and efficiency in services provision.

Under the old Act, CAA inspectors had to first seek permission from air operators and aerodrome operators to visit their premises, for routine inspections, which often compromised Uganda’s scores in relation to Aviation Legislation in previous International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audits.

The other amendment is the change of title for the head of UCAA from Managing Director to Director General and the same applies to the title of the Deputy Managing Director, which has now changed to Deputy Director General. Other changes were aimed at ensuring harmonization of Uganda’s regulations and practices with the Universal practice across the globe. The changes take immediate effect.

M A N A G E M E N T

Public Announcement

As our Muslim brothers and sisters travel to Mecca to perform Hajj, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) requests the general public intending to travel through Entebbe International Airport (EIA) to plan their travel and ensure that they get to the airport 3 hours before their scheduled flight to avoid missing the flight(s).

Wishing you a pleasant and safe journey through Entebbe International Airport.

ICAO 75th Anniversary Celebrations

The world on December 7th, 2019 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as the Chicago Convention) that gave birth to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The Convention came into force after it had to be ratified by the twenty-sixth state on the 4th April 1947 of the fifty-two States that participated in the convention that ran from November 1st to December 7th 1944. Today ICAO boasts of 193 Member States and more than 12,000 International Standards and Recommended Practices under its belt. ICAO is responsible for the oversight of the international civil aviation network that that ensures that over four billion passengers annually get to travel by air for business or pleasure safely and securely to the four corners of this planet we call home.

Bid Notice Under Open Bidding

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) is a Government Statutory entity responsible for the promotion of the safe, secure and efficient development of Uganda Civil Aviation inside and outside.

  1. The Authority has allocated funds to be used for the following procurement;
N0. REFERENCE NUMBER DESCRIPTION OF TENDER BID SECURITY(UGSHS) MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING PLACE AND DATE BID SUBMISSION
1 CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00227 Supply of 500 Passenger Baggage Trolleys 8,000,000 At UCAA Terminal building   on Tuesday 30th July 2019. 2:00pm Tuesday 20thAugust 2019 at UCAA Head office, 2:00pm.
2 CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00353 Lot 1- Uniform for both men and ladies under framework contract for 2years 2,500,000 At UCAA Head office on Tuesday 30th July 2019  at 11:00am Tuesday 20thAugust 2019 at UCAA Head office 11:00am.
3 CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00353 Lot 2- Suits for both men and ladies under framework contract for 2 years 2,500,000 At UCAA Head office on Tuesday 30th July 2019  at 11:00am Tuesday 20thAugust 2019 at UCAA Head office, 11:00am.
4 CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00353 Lot 3- VIP suits for both ladies and men under framework contract for 2 years 2,500,000 At UCAA Head office on Tuesday 30th July 2019  at 11:00am Tuesday 20thAugust 2019 at UCAA Head office, 11:00am.
5 CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00353 Lot 4- Shoes for both ladies and men under framework contract for 2 years 2,500,000 At UCAA Head office on Tuesday 30th July 2019  at 11:00am Tuesday 20thAugust 2019 at UCAA Head office, 11:00am.
6 CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00353 Lot 5- Sweaters and other wears for both ladies and men  under framework contract for 3 years 2,500,000 At UCAA Head office s on Tuesday 30th July 2019  at 11:00am Tuesday 20thAugust 2019 at UCAA Head office, 11:00am.
7 CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00353 Lot 6- Protection Wear under framework contract for 2 years 2,500,000 At UCAA Head office on Tuesday 30th July 2019  at 11:00am Tuesday 20thAugust 2019 at UCAA Head office, 11:00am.

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Supply, Installation and testing of the Search and Rescue Planning Software. (CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00431)

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.

  1. The Authority has allocated funds to be used for Supply, installation and testing of the search and rescue planning software.
  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.

  1. A complete set of bidding documents in English office non payable the document should be collected from the Procurement Office. (head quarter)
  2. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before Friday 16thAugust 2019 at 11:00am.

Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below on Friday 16th August  2019 at 11:05am at head office (Contacts committee)

  1. Bidding documents may be inspected at the office of:

                                       Manager Procurement

                                       CAA Office Building              

                                       2nd Floor, Airport Road, Entebbe 

                                       P.O. Box 5536 Kampala, Tel: 0414-352050

                                         

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Design, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of a Building Management System for HVAC (CAA/SUPLS/18-19/00327)

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 Supply, installation and commissioning of a building management system for HVAC.
  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.

  1. A complete set of bidding documents in English office non payable the document should be collected from the Procurement Office. (head quarter)
  2. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 11:00am.

Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below on Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 11:05am in PDU Office Terminal Building.

  1. Bidding documents may be inspected at the office of:

                                       Manager Procurement

                                       CAA Office Building              

                                       2nd Floor, Airport Road, Entebbe 

                                       P.O. Box 5536 Kampala, Tel: 0414-352050

                                            

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