Air travel between Uganda and Kenya has dropped significantly since the political unrest broke out after the Kenyan presidential elections in December.
Daniel Maundu, Kenya Airways Country Manager, says there is a noted drop in bookings to Mombasa and Kisumu, the towns worst hit by the violence. Mombasa is popular with Ugandan tourists and Kisumu is a common destination for the business community.
Maundu says 10 to 15 passengers are canceling their flights daily. He says some tourists have opted to change their holiday destinations to Zanzibar.
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Maundu says Kenya Airways operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi have not been affected.
Kenya Airways operates four flights daily from Entebbe to Nairobi.
Ermejachew Regassa, the Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines, says her company has been struggling with a challenge of a slightly different nature. She explains that Ethiopian Airways uses Entebbe International Airport as a fueling port for its return journey to Addis Ababa and the fuel shortage in Uganda severely impeded this operation.
Regassa however said the situation normalized last week.
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