Uganda Airlines is a proposed start-up carrier to be based at Entebbe International Airport. It is planned that the new airline will assume the status of national carrier after Air Uganda was grounded in Jun-2014 following an audit by ICAO. The launch of commercial operations has been scheduled for Jul-2019. The establishment of Uganda Airlines is expected to cost USD388 million, with the country seeking a private investor. The airline will initially be fully owned by the government and managed by Uganda Development Corporation with shares to be subsequently offered to the private sector. Uganda's Finance Minister has stated the new airline is not a priority, as surface transport projects are an immediate concern. However, Tourism Uganda stated Uganda's Cabinet approved a task force to spearhead the revival of a national airline. Uganda Airlines is expected to operate scheduled and unscheduled passenger and freight services using a fleet of widebody aircraft and regional jets.
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