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Meridiana Africa Airlines Uganda Limited, trading as Air Uganda, was a privately owned airline in Uganda from 2007 to 2014 It suspended its operations when the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority UCAA revoked the airline's air operator's certificate

Air Uganda had been widely recognized as the national carrier since the collapse of Uganda Airlines in May 2001

Headquartered in Kampala and with its operations base at Entebbe International Airport, Air Uganda used three aircraft to operate scheduled flights between Entebbe and various countries in eastern and central Africa


  • 1 History
  • 2 Corporate affairs
    • 21 Ownership and associated companies
    • 22 Business trends
  • 3 Destinations
    • 31 Code share agreements and partnerships
  • 4 Fleet
  • 5 Incidents and accidents
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Air Uganda was formed in 2007 and began commercial flight operations on 15 November 2007 It transported over 70,000 passengers within its first twelve months, with an average load factor of 70 percent between Entebbe and Juba, South Sudan The load factor between Entebbe and Nairobi averaged 60 percent during the first year of operation

In the fourth quarter of 2011, Air Uganda announced plans to start domestic service during 2012 This required the airline to acquire appropriate aircraft to serve the domestic market

During 2012, Air Uganda began self-handling at its hub at Entebbe International Airport and was authorised to handle any other airline that chose to use their handling services The move saved the airline at least US$700,000 annually

In November 2013, the airline marked the sixth anniversary of its founding At that time, it was the only Ugandan airline licensed by the UCAA to operate regular scheduled flights to neighboring countries

In May 2014, Air Uganda became a full member of the African Airlines Association, a trade organization of the industry on the continent In the same month, the airline was admitted to the International Air Transport Association

On 17 July 2014, Air Uganda suspended operations indefinitely after the issuer of its licence, the UCAA, ran into problems The UCAA had failed a safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation in June 2014, resulting in the UCAA withdrawing licenses it had issued to air operators At the time, Air Uganda said its potential re-certification was weeks away and that lessors had recalled their aircraft, opening a window for other carriers to grow passenger volumes in its area of operations

Corporate affairs

Ownership and associated companies

An Air Uganda McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Entebbe International Airport, pictured in August 2009

Meridiana Africa Airlines Uganda Limited was wholly owned by the Celestair Group, which in turn is owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development AKFED AKFED also controls Air Burkina and Air Mali, the national airlines of Burkina Faso and Mali respectively, and has an interest in Europe in Meridiana

Business trends

Because it was a private company, annual reports for Air Uganda were not published In the absence of these, the little information that became available is shown below:

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Number of employees 180
Number of passengers 000s 70 155 170
Passenger load factor % 65%
Number of aircraft at year end 3 4 3


Air Uganda maintained regular services to the following destinations:

  • Burundi
    • Bujumbura – Bujumbura International Airport
  • Kenya
    • Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
    • Mombasa – Moi International Airport
  • Rwanda
    • Kigali – Kigali International Airport code share flights only, operated by Rwandair
  • Somalia
    • Mogadishu – Mogadishu International Airport
  • South Sudan
    • Juba – Juba Airport
  • Tanzania
    • Arusha / Moshi – Kilimanjaro International Airport
    • Dar es Salaam – Julius Nyerere International Airport
  • Uganda
    • Entebbe – Entebbe International Airport main hub

Code share agreements and partnerships

During the second half of 2008, Air Uganda signed code share agreements with Air Tanzania on the Entebbe / Kilimanjaro International Airport, Entebbe / Dar es Salaam, and Entebbe / Zanzibar routes, which both airlines serviced Code share agreements were also signed with Brussels Airlines on the Entebbe / Juba, South Sudan route serviced by Air Uganda and on the Entebbe / Brussels route serviced by Brussels Airlines These arrangements were soon followed by similar agreements between Air Uganda and Qatar Airways

In early 2009, Air Uganda made arrangements with Marsland Aviation for the latter to transport Air Uganda ticketed passengers between Juba and Khartoum and between Khartoum and Juba Air Uganda traveled this route on two days a week Marsland Aviation carried Air Uganda passengers on the five days a week when Air Uganda did not service the route

In June 2010, Air Uganda signed a code share agreement with Rwandair on the Entebbe / Kigali route Air Uganda served the route with a daily morning flight while Rwandair provided a daily evening flight Both airlines served the route with CRJ-200 aircraft Those arrangements were halted by Air Uganda effective March 2012

On 14 August 2013, a new codeshare agreement between Air Uganda and Rwandair on the Entebbe / Kigali route was entered into The agreement became effective immediately

In January 2014, Air Uganda signed a codeshare agreement with Precision Air of Tanzania on the Entebbe / Dar es Salaam route and on the Entebbe / Kilimanjaro International Airport route

As of November 2013, Air Uganda maintained Interline partnerships with the following airlines: Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Air Mali, Precision Air, Hahn Air, and RwandAir


Air Uganda Bombardier CRJ-200ER at Entebbe International Airport McDonnell Douglas MD-87 taxiing to runway 17 at Entebbe International Airport

The Air Uganda fleet consisted of the following aircraft as of April 2014, although in July 2014 they were reported as being returned to the European contractor from which they were leased:

Air Uganda
Aircraft In fleet Order Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ200 3 0 50
Total 3 0

Incidents and accidents

  • On 9 January 2010, the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan warned of a possible terrorist threat on Air Uganda planes traveling between Juba, South Sudan and Entebbe, Uganda According to the embassy, it had received information that indicated "a desire by regional extremists to conduct a deadly attack on board Air Uganda aircraft" According to the Sudanese foreign ministry, however, the threat was not considered serious The Uganda People's Defence Force said that they had been aware of this information since early December 2009, although a Ugandan government spokesman said there was nothing to support such claims

See also

  • Uganda portal
  • Companies portal
  • Aviation portal
  • Airlines of Africa
  • List of airlines of Uganda


  1. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 8 April 2013 "New Chief At Air Uganda" eTN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  2. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 3 February 2013 "Uganda Government Considering Stake In Air Uganda" eTN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  3. ^ "Air Uganda suspends operations" wwwnewvisioncoug Retrieved 2017-09-05 
  4. ^ a b "Air Uganda To Begin Domestic Service" New Vision 21 November 2011 Retrieved 6 February 2013 
  5. ^ ["Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2013-12-14 Retrieved 2014-06-11  Air Uganda Increases Flights to Dar, New Vision, 23 February 2009, retrieved 19 October 2009
  6. ^ "Air Uganda Opens Flights to Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania" Sudan Tribune from Reuters 16 November 2007 Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  7. ^ Wakabi, Michael 7 November 2008 "Air Uganda Expecting to Break Even In 2009" The East African Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  8. ^ Wakabi, Michael 20 November 2011 "Air Uganda's Turnaround On Course As It Begins Fifth Year" The EastAfrican Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  9. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 11 December 2011 "ENHAS Loses Out As CAA Approves Self Handling for Air Uganda Come January 2012" Wolfgang H Thome's Blog Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  10. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 16 November 2013 "U7 Now 6 Years Old" eTN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  11. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 21 May 2014 "Air Uganda Joins African Airline Association – IATA Next" ETN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 25 May 2014 
  12. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 24 May 2014 "Air Uganda Joins IATA" ETN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 25 May 2014 
  13. ^ Juma, Victor 21 July 2014 "Air Uganda suspension big gain for Kenya carrier" Daily Nation Retrieved 23 July 2014 
  14. ^ "About Air Uganda" Air Uganda Retrieved 10 September 2013 
  15. ^ "Air Uganda flies high on code sharing deals" Retrieved 6 February 2013 
  16. ^ "Digital Brochure" Retrieved 6 February 2013 
  17. ^ CAPA, Aviation Analysis 1 August 2013 "Uganda Plans To Relaunch Uganda Airlines And Invest USD400 Million In Airport Developments" CAPA Centre for Aviation & Innovata Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  18. ^ Khisa, Isaac 21 June 2014 "Three Airlines To Re-Apply for Operation Certificates In Uganda" The EastAfrican Retrieved 22 June 2014 
  19. ^ Eisman-Reynard, Hannah 2013 "Air Uganda" Africa Outlook Retrieved 21 July 2014 
  20. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 28 March 2014 "More Flights To Key Destinations Across Eastern Africa" eTN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  21. ^ By, Staff 26 October 2011 "Air Uganda Set to Launch Entebbe-Bujumbura Service" Airlines And Destinations Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  22. ^ Standard, Reporter 20 April 2012 "Air Uganda Ups Daily Fights On Entebbe-Mombasa Route" Standard Digital News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  23. ^ "Air Uganda Takes Delivery of Third CRJ-200" eTN Global Travel Industry News 6 May 2013 Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  24. ^ Ssebuyira, Martin 1 June 2013 "Air Uganda Acquires Aircraft to Ply Entebbe-Kilimanjaro Route" Daily Monitor Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  25. ^ Wakabi, Michael 19 October 2008 "Air Uganda In Deal for Europe, Far East Routes" Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  26. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 6 February 2009 "Wolfgang's East Africa Tourism Report: Air Uganda Adds Khartoum" eTN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  27. ^ Ngarambe, Alex 1 June 2010 "RwandAir, Air Uganda Ink Code Share Deal" The New Times Rwanda via AllAfricacom Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  28. ^ Thome, Wolfgang 27 January 2012 "Air Uganda Terminates Codeshare Agreement With RwandAir" eTN Global Travel Industry News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  29. ^ "More Codeshare Flights Between Air Uganda And RwandAir" eTN Global Travel Industry News 14 August 2013 Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  30. ^ By Daily News, Reporter 21 January 2014 "Precision Air Partners With Air Uganda" Daily News Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  31. ^ Guardian, Reporter 21 January 2014 "Precision Air, Air Uganda Partner To Boost Efficiency" IPP Media from The Guardian Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  32. ^ "Our Airline Partners: Our Interline Partners" Air Uganda Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  33. ^ "About U7: Our Fleet" Air Uganda Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  34. ^ "Air Uganda Fleet In April 2014" CH Aviation Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  35. ^ "Air Uganda Takes Delivery of Third CRJ-200" eTN Global Travel Industry News 6 May 2013 Retrieved 22 April 2014 
  36. ^ Oluka, Benon Herbert 21 July 2014 "Suspended Air Uganda to return leased planes" The Observer Retrieved 23 July 2014 
  37. ^ "US warns of attacks on Uganda-Sudan planes" BBC 9 January 2010 Archived from the original on 10 January 2010 Retrieved 9 January 2010 

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