Uganda civil Aviation Authority ( UCAA) has given seven applicants ( renewal) being presented to the licensing committee of the UCAA Board for consideration, these include Kampala executive Aviation, Grand Air services limited, Aim Air, DHL Aviation (Kenya) limited, Eagle Air limited, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and Transafrik Uganda limited.
It is a regulatory requirement that any air operator intending to commence commercial operations ( domestic or international) has to apply to the Uganda civil Aviation Authority ( UCAA), for an operating license known as an Air Services License ( ASL).
This is a prerequisite for engagement in air operations to all new applicants for provision of air services or those seeking renewal of licenses.
Following the acquisition of the license, the operators are then treated as Ugandan carriers in any of the following air services licence categories, scheduled passenger and /or cargo, Non_ scheduled passenger and or/ cargo, private, training and Aerial works.
It is normal and standard industry practice that the applicants are received by UCAA in advance, evaluated and therefore considered by the UCAA board Air Services licensing committee in a public forum.
Eng Barongo Ronny deals in safety, security and economic regulation said that every applicant at asuch a public hearing is expected to clarify on issues to do with their business plan, proposed air routes, and equipment to be used, among others . For transparency purposes, Air service license regulations require that notice of all the applicants to be considert (new or renewal), is placed in the print media 30 days prior to the date of consideration of the applicants buy the Board Air services licensing committee meeting.”
Jane kanyunyuzi manager Economic Regulation Uganda civil Aviation Authority said that the license given to the companies are unique, they are totally different to those they have been using.
This provides the public an opportunity to provide any relevant information to the licensing committee. This is a global practice that is not unique to Uganda