In a boost to tourism, Uganda’s Bar Aviation (HE, Kajjansi) has launched domestic schedules from Entebbe/Kampala to four national parks in the country in an interline partnership with Uganda Airlines (UR, Entebbe/Kampala), the company announced.

Launched on February 1, 2022, daily schedules are operated with a Cessna (single turboprop) 208B Grand Caravan connecting international tourists arriving on Uganda Airlines flights at Entebbe to the following airstrips:

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park: Kihihi and Kisoro;
  • Murchison Falls National Park: Bugungu, Pakuba, and Chobe;
  • Queen Elizabeth National Parks: Kasese/Mweya, and Semuliki;
  • Lake Mburo National Park: Mbarara.

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) spokesman Vianney Luggya said the flights had been cleared by the Ugandan government, which hoped they would be a shot in the arm for domestic traffic and tourism, allowing tourists to avoid congested local roads, reported Eagle Online.

Bar Aviation also operates thrice-weekly flights between Arua - a city and commercial centre in the northern region of Uganda - and its base at the Kajjansi airfield near Kampala, aimed at business travellers.

According to its website, the company operates a fixed-wing fleet also comprising Beech (twin turboprop) King Air, PC-12, Beech 1900D, and Cessna 172 aircraft, as well as a rotor-wing fleet comprising Eurocopter EC130, a Bell Helicopter (TXH, Fort Worth Meacham) B505 Jet Ranger for medevac work, and a Bell 206 helicopter.

Apart from schedules, its services include private charters, contract flying, medevac, aerial and geographical surveys, cargo flights, aircraft leasing, and pilot training.