Ethiopian Airlines has commenced daily flights from Entebbe to Juba since August 05, 2014. The flagship flight was fully booked.The new service was timely as it fills a void left after the suspension of Air Uganda flights. The multi-award winning airline is on track to adding more weight to its average of 25% in the past 7 years.
In its more than 60 year operation Ethiopian airlines has become one of Africa’s carriers in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian airlines commands a large share of the pan-African passenger and cargo market, operating a modern a fleet of covering 82 international destinations across 5 continents.
Ethiopian Airline’s fleet currently consists of; Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with a double cabin. This new development has excited passengers who ply the Entebbe/Juba route which saves a lot of time for business travellers. The New Vision travel writer, Titus Kakembo, interviewed some passengers and the Ethiopian airlines Country Manager; “Going to Juba by road is like committing suicide,” says a regular commuter between Kampala and Juba John Nsereko. “And yet we have businesses and families in Uganda and South Sudan. Adding that, there are goods that can be flown to Juba from Uganda. “We pray Ethiopian Airlines provides us with passenger and goods flights. Time and safety is the way to travel in this era of globalization.”
Asked what Ethiopian Airlines has in store for her clients, the Uganda Country manager; Abebe Angessa said even the sky is no limit. “We have called upon our counterparts in the aviation industry who have no flights to Juba, to drop their passengers at Entebbe International Airport and we will shuttle them to South Sudan.” Adding that, “Ethiopian Airlines, is deploying the latest B737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior, enough leg space and capable of handling the demand.” Before the introduction of this new route, Ethiopian Airlines has been flying to Juba via Addis Ababa. This took more time and cost a fraction more. As Uganda becomes a regional trade hub of the great lakes region, aviation and internet are inevitable as economic growth is registered and strengthened.
“Ethiopian Airlines is playing her part by enabling greater investment, trade and business ties between the three countries by availing critically essential air connectivity,” said Abebe.
A return air ticket from Entebbe to Juba is from $400 and traders will have an opportunity to transport their cargo from 1$ per kg. Departure is 2:oopm and arrival in Juba is 3:00pm. Due to demand in cargo sector we thought this will create an opportunity that many airlines in the region has failed to fill the gap. Ethiopian airlines is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business arms; Ethiopian Domestic and Regional airline, Ethiopian International Passenger Airline, Ethiopian Cargo, Ethiopian MRO, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian Inflight Catering Services and Ethiopian Ground Services.