In discussions held with the Indian Prime Minister (Narendra Damodardas Modi) on Tuesday, 24th July 2018, His excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni emphasised the need to co-operate in tourism, trade and investment. On that note, in his words he said, “We should encourage more Indians to tour Uganda and, in the process, bring dollars here. To promote this, I have asked His Excellency Modi to allow our revived Uganda Airlines to fly direct to Mumbai,”
As to support the Ugandan tourism base, Narendra Damodardas Modi the Indian prime minister said, “We will build a Gandhi Heritage Centre at the sacred site in Uganda’s Jinja, where a statue of Mahatma Gandhi now stands.”
The Mumbai route, if certified, will be operated by one of the two Uganda Airlines’ new A330 -800Neo aircraft. The airline recently purchased four CRJ-900s, and on July 18 signed a memorandum of understanding for two A330-800neo aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow. On July 25, the carrier announced that it would start taking delivery of its aircraft in 2019, with the first of the four CRJ-900s arriving in January, followed by the remaining three over the following three months. The two A330-800s would be delivered in 2020.
The non-stop flight would take hours off the Entebbe-Mumbai journey, which currently involves one or more stopovers in Kigali, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Dubai and other Asian and European cities.
Modi soon will be responding to president Museveni’s request.