Kenya Airways, which has five daily flights to Entebbe, saw its traffic in the first quarter of the year dip under 130,000 departing seats on a regional route that has become a cash cow for the Nairobi-based carrier.
KQ also uses the Ugandan airport as its stop on some of its weekly rotations to Bangui in the Central African Republic.
This is however expected to slow down following the entry of its subsidiary Jambojet, which began twice-daily flights to Entebbe from its Nairobi base.
Uganda also saw its last direct flight from London cancelled by British Airways in October 2015 citing ”low passenger numbers,” which made the route commercially unviable.
However, it will be an interesting development given that the Johannesburg-based carrier reduced its weekly frequency from seven to six between Jo’burg and Entebbe in September last year.
“We have been in discussions with the Ugandan administration over direct flights to London from Entebbe and they have been very positive. We should see some results on this soon. This is part of our renewed focus on continental markets.
The Ugandan government has been supportive, even fast-tracking some of the processes,” SAA acting commercial general manager Aaron Munetsi said.
Entebbe also lacks on a Mumbai connection, a gap that Kenya Airways and RwandAir have stepped in to fill.
Air Tanzania, which in August started direct connection with Entebbe from its Dar es Salaam hub, is also planning to fly to Mumbai, in a bid to capture a share of their market.