Etihad Airways – National Carrier of the United Arab Emirates to launch daily passenger flights to Entebbe

Posted July 12, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Travel ~ 4,553 views



Press Release — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will build upon the success of its Entebbe cargo flights with the launch of a new passenger service to the East African city.

Daily flights will be operated to Entebbe International Airport from 1 May 2015, using a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats.

The route will provide business and leisure travellers with a direct connection between Entebbe in Central Uganda and Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub, together with convenient onward flights to the GCC region, Europe, Indian subcontinent, North Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Etihad Airways commenced its weekly Airbus A330-200F freighter service to Entebbe on 26 May 2014 and in less than two months, has transported over 120 tonnes of freight and mail on the route, including a high volume of electronics and textiles into Uganda, while outbound flights are mainly stocked with perishables and consumer goods for the GCC region and Europe.


James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “The appetite for travel to and from Africa has never been stronger, and Entebbe, one of the continent’s fastest-growing business and tourism destinations, is a great addition to Etihad Airways’ global network.

“We are confident the new passenger route will replicate the positive response our cargo flights have received within their first two months of operation. The UAE is Uganda’s primary trade partner in the GCC, and tourism links are flourishing between the two countries, which will strengthen demand. The flights are also scheduled to offer convenient onward connections, catering to strong traffic flows between Uganda and other destinations in our global network.”

As the gateway to Uganda, Entebbe offers a variety of unique tourist attractions, many of which centre on wildlife and nature reserves, such as Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre and Uganda Reptile Village. Despite being a landlocked country, visitors can also enjoy the city’s sandy beaches, which overlook Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa.

Etihad Airways has announced six new routes for the first half of 2015, starting with Kolkata in February, Madrid in March, Entebbe in May, and Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Algiers in June.

The airline’s flights to and from Entebbe can be booked from today onwards on, through Etihad Airways Contact Centres, or via travel agents.

Etihad Airways schedule for Entebbe flights, effective 1 May 2015:

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Abu Dhabi (AUH)


Entebbe (EBB)





Entebbe (EBB)


Abu Dhabi (AUH)






Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.


About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried 11.5 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base Etihad Airways flies to 107 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 102 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 210 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is in the process of formalising its equity investment in Swiss-based Etihad Regional*. For more information, please visit:

For more information contact:

Robeel Haq, Etihad Airways Corporate Communications

Tel: +971 (0) 2 511 1429 / Email:

Source — Etihad Airways website

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