Entebbe International Airport of Uganda has again come on top of other African airports in the leading aviation awards for handling airport travel and matters commendably. The airport is managed by Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Entebbe International Airport was yesterday declared the winner of the prestigious Routes Airport Marketing Awards at the gala hosted by Prime Minister of Swaziland where Africa Aviation bodies met to review their performance and plan for a better future.
The voting for the best airport is made by airlines operating in Africa and is a big plus for Uganda’s aviation, which has twice won the same award.
The 5th Routes Africa which attracted over 130 delegates from aviation authorities and airlines on Wednesday ended in Swaziland’s Sikhuphe International Airport
Key industry players meeting in Swaziland including ACI (Airports Council International) Africa, AFRAA (African Airlines Association), AASA (Airlines Association of Southern Africa) and the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organisation), supported the Routes Africa Strategy Forum in which they will address the opportunities and challenges the air transport industry in Africa.
“The African aviation industry is facing some huge issues at present, including liberalisation, the role of national government and economic stability. We must not allow these issues to hold back air service development, which is vital for the economic and tourism development within the region,” noted Nigel Mayes a consultant for the Routes Africa Strategy Forum.
Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport as winners of the regional Routes award will be automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards, scheduled to take place at World Routes in Vancouver.
Cape Town International Airport (South Africa), Julius Nyerere International Airport (Tanzania), Kenya Airports Authority (Kenya) and Maputo International Airport (Mozambique) were all shortlisted, having been voted for by airlines serving the region.
Civil Aviation Authority recently announced it had received a New Millennium Award from the Trade Leaders’ Club and Editorial OFICE at the 35th Golden Awards for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering industry.
The Authority which was named best Aviation authority in 2003 and 2004 was in particular recognized for its huge contribution towards promotion and facilitation of Tourism in Uganda. The selection for the various award winners was done by over 7000 leaders in the Tourism, Hotel and Catering industry.