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Uganda Prime Minister to open eighth Routes Africa event in Kampala


Scheduled July 7-8, the Routes Africa Strategy Summit will open with a keynote address from Uganda Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who recently confirmed he will participate in the event.

This year, the seniority of delegates registered to attend Routes Africa has been very high, and the event has seen high-level registrations from all sectors of the industry, including airline and airport CEOs and ministers of tourism.

“Uganda is indeed honored to host this important event at which top decision makers from the airline and airport industries join tourism stakeholders to plan and discuss air service development across the African region,” said Dr. W. Rama Makuza, managing director, Civil Aviation Authority Uganda. “Uganda’s flora and fauna coupled with its strategic location in Africa gives all delegates, especially air operators, opportunities to make informed and pertinent decisions about future air service development options.”

Routes Africa, now in its eighth year, will be hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport. Some 250 key decision-makers from across Africa and beyond are expected to gather at the annual event to discuss air service development.

“We are thrilled with the high caliber of delegates attending this year’s Routes Africa event,” said Nigel Mayes, vice president of commercial routes, UBM Live. “The strong support demonstrated by the participation of the Prime Minister and other ministers of the country shows that the region is taking air-service development seriously and that Routes Africa is the event where real business discussions can take place.”

Key carriers from the African region and beyond, such as South African Airways, Vueling, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Uganda, Ethiopian Airlines, Fastjet, Egyptair and United Airlines, have registered their attendance at this key annual networking event.

In addition to the Strategy Summit and the Face-to-Face meetings taking place at the event, this year’s route-exchange program will see senior network planners from three carriers deliver an overview of their route development opportunities and how airports can be part of their airline expansion. The carriers delivering briefings, which are open to all attending airports, are Air Uganda, Fastjet and Kenya Airways.

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