Emirates will, beginning March 25, start direct flights between Entebbe and Dubai as the airline seeks to counter competition that has grown with the entry of carriers vying routes within the Middle East.

In a statement to Daily Monitor, Mr Khalid Al Zarouni, the Emirates Uganda country manager, said the airline had taken the decision on the back of growing traffic between Entebbe and Dubai.

He said: “The new service will offer seamless connections to key destinations in the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, Asia and the Far East.”

Uganda has in the last five years seen tremendous growth in its airspace as the country continues to attract new investment due to growth in tourism and the oil resource that has endeared Uganda to investors.

Last year two major carriers including; Gulf Air and Qatar Airlines entered Uganda’s airspace making three the number of airlines, which have launched direct flights from Entebbe to the Middle East. Turkish Airlines is the other carrier plying the route

With a fleet of 168 aircrafts, Emirates serves 20 destinations on the African continent, with new services to Zambia and Zimbabwe expected to be launched soon.

By Flavia Nalubega, Daily Monitor

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