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Parliamentary Trade Committee Meets Airbus Company over Purchase of Uganda’s Aircrafts

MPs chat with Airbus Officials after the Committee meeting

Members of Parliament (MPs) sitting on the Trade Committee chaired by Bulamogi County legislator, pilule Kenneth Lubogo have Thursday held a meeting with officials from Airbus Aircraft company with a proposal on providing Aircrafts for the revival of the Uganda Airlines.

Officials from the Civil Aviation Authority early this month confirmed that the Uganda Airlines will be hitting the skies before the end of 2017.

Lubogo told the media after the meeting that in a bid to revive a sustainable airlines industry and procuring of the best aircrafts, site government as well as Parliament is in the process of receiving proposals from different service providers.

“As far as the Uganda Airlines is concerned, click a number of options are available but Uganda needs to take the most rational option if we are to revive the Uganda Airlines,” Lubogo said.

Lubogo said that the officials from Airbus have appeared before the committee to offer advice to Ugandans on the different options, take the most appropriate decision considering the costs involved and whatever it takes to run an Airline.

“They have told us the country can afford to lease Aircrafts, go into Public Private Partnership (PPP) or decide to buy new Aircrafts taking us through all the implications of every decision taken,” Lubogo said.

Lubogo noted that Government has expressed total willingness to revive the sector and has so far received proposals from different service providers.

“As I speak right now no final decision has been taken but we are considering options available. The same people have met the Minister who include; Airbus and The African Airways.”

“These same groups are briefing the Minister and Parliament has also to come on board to understand such that when a decision is taken, it is in the interest of all Ugandans.”

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