Uganda Airlines has announced today that they will repatriate Ugandans who have been stuck in South Africa since passenger flights to and from the country were suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic back in March.
The repatriation charter flight is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020, and it will be from Johannesburg to Entebbe International Airport.
“Welcome home! Uganda Airlines will operate a repatriation charter flight for Ugandans in South Africa; Johannesburg to Entebbe on 25th June 2020,” the national carrier tweeted on their official Twitter page.
Ugandans in South Africa willing to fly back home have been asked to book their tickets immediately. All safety checks as required by the Ministry of Health will be followed and those who fly back will be put under mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
On Friday, June 19, 2020, Uganda Airlines successfully conducted test flights around the country after three months of having its four Bombardier aircraft grounded, although the mechanical team has been doing periodic maintenance.
Ever since flights were suspended, Ugandans who have been stuck abroad have been repeatedly requesting the government to find ways of repatriating them back home, as some of them had used up all the money they had on them and were living on the edge, as well as others being subjected to racism like those in China.