Preparation is in high gears to receive the first two bombardier jets which is expected to arrive in the country on Tuesday 23 April.
Several people among which are Ministry of Works and Transport-Uganda, Uganda Professional Pilots’ Association and Civil Aviation Authority Uganda are all ready to receive the jets and commence operations.
Minister of Works Monica Ntege Azuba on Tuesday led the Ugandan delegation to receive the planes from Bombardier at the Montreal facility in Canada.
On arrival, the government will start on the second phase of establishing and licensing the airlines routes across the continent before the jets could fly.
What has however, come as the shock to a number of people is that, the Uganda National Airlines will spend at least Shs258.5b on general operations in the first year of flying the national carrier.
It is expected that the airline will will make its first flight in July nearly 18 years since it was grounded in 2001.
Under the general operations, funds will be spent on: Agents commission, distribution and corporate social responsibility costs, catering services, fuel, landing fees, airframe maintenance, navigation fees, insurance, training, and, advertising, among others.
Some of the planned expenses
Agents’ Commissions Shs9.34b
Distribution and CSR costs Shs8.7b
Catering services Shs11.7b
Airframe maintenance Shs8.18b
Navigation fees Shs12.8b
Landing fees Shs6b