The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to Uganda Airlines that will allow the national carrier to start operations.
The approval was granted to the airline in a document signed by Samuel Muneeza, the Director Safety, Security and Economic Regulation.
With the certificate, Uganda Airlines can now do commercial air operations as defined in the attached specifications in accordance with the operations manual and the Civil Aviation Air Operator Certification and Administration Regulations.
Commenting on the development, the Minister of Works and Transport, Eng Monica Ntege Azuba said commercial flights are scheduled for next month.
“As promised, @UG_Airlines has completed the 5 phase certification process required to obtain the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) as per the regulations. We are on schedule to start commercial flights by end of August starting with Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Mogadishu,” Minister Azuba said in a tweet on Saturday.
Earlier this week, the Minister said that the 5-phased process of obtaining the Air Operating Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was underway and at stage four.
She had however put the targeted date for the issuance of the AOC to the Airline at July 28.
She said the airline was still on track to meet other requirements including securing approvals from the destinations where Uganda Airlines will be flying.
This entire process, she said, takes maximum 30 days from the issuance of the AOC.
The airline needs permission to fly to other countries as required by civil aviation and airport authorities.
“Considerable progress has been made on the certification process and currently the airline is at Phase 4, leaving only one more phase to be completed before the AOC can be issued,” the Minister said.
Uganda received its first two of the four Bombardier CRJ900 jetliners on April 23 this year.
The Bombardiers will be flying the regional routes within the EAC and other countries on the continent.
Initially, government has revealed that the national carrier would fly passengers effective July.
However, this timeline was recently revised to August owing to the long process of carrying out system tests and acquiring clearances/operating authorizations from destinations where it will be flying to.
The Uganda Airlines initial regional routes will include Nairobi, Dar Es Salam and Mogadishu.
“These destinations shall be operated first to orient staff and service providers in the Uganda Airlines Procedures and Standards”.
Later, the airline will extend to Kilimanjaro, Juba and Mombasa. Other destinations after the delivery of the next two CRJ in September and conclusion of the permissions will be Khartoum, Kinshasa, Kigali, Lubumbashi, Harare, Lusaka, Addis Ababa, Harare, Zanzibar and Johannesburg.