60 years of growth
CAA stands the test of time
Aviation activity in Uganda was first witnessed in the early 1930s when a flying boat landed at Port Bell on the shores of Lake Victoria, to deliver mail. The mail delivery service had earlier started in neighbouring Kenya in 1929 by Wilson Airways, to facilitate communication between the colonial centres in the region.
Cargo traffic shoots up at Entebbe
By Jacky Achan
From aviation statistics, as of 1991, Entebbe International Airport was handling 5,200 metric tonnes of cargo per year. But by last year, the airport was handling 55,000 tonnes of cargo annually, which has put pressure on existing infrastructure. Entebbe International Airport is a major international airport. The airport is functioned by airlines from across Africa as well as some major international airlines from the Middle East and Europe.
Evolution of ticket booking
By Benon Ojiambo
Nothing beats the convenience of booking a flight from the comfort of your home or office. With the advent of online booking, travelling has never been easier. One no longer has to physically walk to a travel agent’s office in order to get a ticket, thanks to introduction of online booking in Uganda.
CAA unveils innovations
By Benon Ojiambo
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has unveiled many innovations to enhance efficiency in the aviation industry. Among the innovations and developments is the implementation of the Electronic Terrain Obstacle Data (ETOD), which offers the digital representation of terrain and obstacles provided as datasets satisfying user requirements for a series of airborne and ground application, such as round Proximity Warning Systems (GPWS) and Automatic Weather Observation Systems (AWOS).
Forgeries edge out local suppliers
The Civil Aviation A u t h o r i t y (CAA) recently echoed concern over rampant forgeries of documents by local suppliers, in a bid to win tenders during the procurement process. According to Godfrey Matovu, the CAA head of procurement, foreign suppliers have continued to dominate the chain of supply, taking 50% of the total supply to the airport in the 2015/16 financial year.