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Hon. Anite inspecting an aircraft

Hon Anite made the commitment on Friday, while officially handing over an investment license to the Kajjansi-based Bar Aviation.

The aviation company officials during the event, complained about the sorry state of the airfield to the Minister.

Ms. Dorothy Kagaba Byenkya, the Bar Aviation Marketing Manager, said the state of the airfield was “reflecting negatively on the national aviation industry, especially to tourists and investors.”

She pointed out for instance, the Kajjansi-Bweya road which is very bumpy and constraining ease of travel to and from Kajjansi Airfield.

Byenkya also noted the short length and 'dirt' composition of the Kajjansi, which runway makes it difficult for bigger aircraft to use the facility as an alternative route to Entebbe Airport in case of emergency but also to decongest Entebbe as the only international airport in Uganda.

Government can look into developing Kajjansi Aerodrome into an entry and exit point and expanding the facility to act as an alternative aerodrome to Entebbe,” she said.

We believe that addressing these challenges will increase the ease of access to air transportation but also paint a positive image on the country from investors/tourists and allow for surrounding local investment to grow.

Minister Anite in response, said she would table these concerns to the cabinet so that the Works Ministry and other concerned agencies can take them up.

Anite on the other hand, commended Bar Aviation for the contribution they have made to the Ugandan aviation and medical industry.

Bar Aviation has done a lot for our air transport. They just told us that they have created over 150 direct jobs, and are not only providing passenger transport but also medical transportation,” she said.

“This license we are providing comes with the investment packages which include tax exemptions such as corporation tax and some of the income tax for some time. We think that with these incentives, Bar Aviation will be able to invest more and the sector and expand.”

Bar Aviation, which has its base at the Kajjansi Airfield, has seen its fleet grow to 22 aircraft and helicopters; with a new section of unmanned aerial vehicles to support the growing need for surveillance, mapping, and geographical surveys.

The company also operates a flight training school known as Kajjansi flying school, which has so far passed out over 300 graduates.