Uganda Civil Aviation Authority awarded
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority receives UN international award for outstanding performance in safety and security. Photo/Daily Monitor

ICAO awards Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for its commendable performance in ensuring security and safety in the air transport business

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has awarded the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its outstanding performance in safety and security.

Aggrey Bagiire, the State Minister for Transport received the ICAO Council President Certificate in Aviation Security on Wednesday 25, September 2019 at a special occasion held at the ICAO headquarters’ in Montreal during the 40th session of the ICAO Assembly.

Handing over the award to the Uganda Civil Aviation team, ICAO Council President, Mr Bernard Aliu Olumuyiwa lauded Uganda for its tremendous efforts in curbing aviation security and oversight deficiencies including its improvement in effective implementation of the applicable ICAO standards.

“The eligibility criteria used for this recognition is objective and transparent, based on the results of the ICAO universal security audit programme, Continuous Monitoring Approach,” Olumuyiwa stated.

In the recent ICAO audit carried out in 2017, Uganda earned 81.8 per cent, above the 73 per cent global average mark.

And for the last four years, CAA has been engaging in the upgrading of the Entebbe International Airport, including the institution of modern facilities like fuel reservoirs and new cargo centre.

Director General CAA, David Mpango Kakuba, said Aviation Security and Safety will see an improvement after repairs and upgrade business at Entebbe International Airport is complete.

International Civil Aviation Organisation is a specialised agency owned by the United Nations (UN).

Its role is to ensure safety and order, foster development and planning of International airports and codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation.

Relatedly, Uganda has sealed a new deal to acquire more two Bombardier planes worth 56 million dollars from Bombardier Corporation, a Canada based aircraft manufactures.

Payments have already been made and the signing of the agreement was witnessed by Wasswa Bageya, permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport on behalf of Uganda Airlines, and Craig Allan representing Canada Bombardier Corporation, yesterday on 26th of September 2019 at Mirabel, Canada.

CRJ 900 series, serial number 14570 Bombardier Planes are expected to land on Uganda’s soils, at Entebbe International airport on 7th October 2019 after setting off from Canada on the 5th of October.

And when these two Bombardier planes touch Uganda’s soils, it will add up to four planes owned by Uganda airlines which relaunched its service last month on 28 August, with a maiden flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya.