Entebbe airport braces for re-opening on Oct. 1 – CAA: Entebbe airport braces for re-opening on Oct. 1 – CAA:
Going through Entebbe International Airport has always been a rough experience for the average traveller but COVID-19 prevention protocols could make your check-in and check-out even more cumbersome.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world and grounded thousands of airlines, travellers going through Entebbe were expected to arrive three hours early to undergo stringent security checks.
In March, President Yoweri Museveni directed the closure of Entebbe Airport and other entry/exits into and out of the country to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The directive was initially for 32 days but has since been extended indefinitely after several extensions of the lockdown.
But, as re-opening gets closer, passengers who had got used to airport security officials rummaging their packages and bags, removing belts and shoes before being subjected to thorough body checks, look set for even tougher times. For a start, passengers will have to arrive at least four hours before their flight.
The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has issued a tentative schedule of passenger flights that will fly into Uganda as Entebbe airport braces for reopening on October 1 after nearly seven months of closure over Covid-19.
The list issued by Eng Sooma Ayub, the Director of Airports and Aviation Security, on Tuesday, 08 September 2020, is for the next three months. It includes flights from major airliners such as Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopia Airways, Kenya Airways, Rwanda Air and Uganda Airlines.
Entebbe airport braces for re-opening on Oct. 1 – CAA
The flights will be from places such as Doha, Amsterdam, Addis-Ababa, Juba, Kigali and Nairobi.
The Covid-19 National Taskforce headed by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda last week proposed the reopening of Entebbe airport, borders, places of worship and universities for final year medical students.
The taskforce recommended that the airport and borders should reopen on October 1. The proposals were sent to President Museveni for final consideration and approval.
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