Uganda Airlines has announced plans to suspend flights to Mogadishu, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Nairobi due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Following the spread of COVID-19 and the control measures put in place by various countries to contain its spread; in compliance with health and safety guidelines, operational requirements and regulatory obligations, we wish to communicate changes to flight operations,” reads a statement.
A statement posted by the airline on Tuesday evening noted that Uganda Airline flight no UR360/361 from Entebbe airport to Bujumbura will be suspended effective March 22 until further notice.
Flights to Kilimanjaro will be suspended effective March 20, 2020, Mombasa effective March 22, 2020, and Zanzibar effective March 23, 2020.
“Flight No. UR520/521 Entebbe to Mogadishu is suspended effective Thursday 19th March 2020. All operations to Somalia suspended until further notice. The reduced frequency for Entebbe, Nairobi, flight no UR206/207 (afternoon) will be suspended effective Monday 23rd March till further notice. The rest of the flights UR202/203 (morning) and UR204/205 (evening) will remain in operation,” further reads the statement.
Since its outbreak in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, about 200,000 people across over 152 countries have tested positive for coronavirus infection.
In Africa, over 300 cases in 31 countries have been recorded. The cases in Rwanda and Kenya have triggered anxiety in Uganda, which to date has not recorded a single case. On Thursday, President Yoweri Museveni announced the closure of all schools, churches, and ban of other mass gatherings for at least 32 days.