Uganda has closed its airspace to all arriving and departing commercial passenger flights effective Sunday, March 22 in the country’s latest efforts to contain coronavirus pandemic.
In the latest state of the nation address delivered at State House Entebbe, President Museveni said only cargo & emergency flights will continue to operate to allow the country to get the necessary goods and supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“No passenger planes will be allowed to land in Uganda or leave,” the president said ordering that only cargo planes and their crew members will be allowed in the country.
Uganda currently has no confirmed coronavirus case. The ban affects the country’s national carrier, Uganda Airlines.
Other affected airlines include; KLM, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Turkish Airlines, Jambojet, Qatar Airways, EgyptAir, among others.
President Museveni said humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward.
|This is until we find coordination at the East African level. Please stay where you are. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability.”