CAA issues travel advisory to Muslim pilgrims

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CAA issues travel advisory to Muslim pilgrims
Travellers at Entebbe airport

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has issued a strict travel advisory to all Muslim pilgrims heading to Mecca and Medina for Hajj to plan for delays at departure at Entebbe International Airport.

According to the authority, over 1,600 pilgrims are expected to travel Mecca compared to last year’s 1,300 which is likely to cause traffic at the airport.

“We expect very many passengers and We have designated a specific area in the general car parking where they will converge in a tent for briefing prior to boarding aircraft,” Mr Vianne Luggya, the public affairs and communication manager at the CAA, explained.

Tent designated at the airport to accommodate the pilgrims

He added the management has put in place measures together with Uganda Bureau of Hajj Affairs (UBHA) to provide stickers to the travelling pilgrims.

"It is only vehicles that have stickers that will be allowed to proceed beyond the such park at the airport road in order to reduce the traffic,” Luggya added.

Pilgrims from across the country are scheduled to travel from June 1-7  through Entebbe airport to Mecca for Hajj.

However, the management also appealed to the departing passengers to plan for more time so as not to miss flights due to expected increase in the number of passengers.

Pilgrims are expected to fly using various airlines including Ethiopian airlines, Fly Dubai , Emirates , Uganda airlines among others

Entebbe International Airport has handled a total of 164,705 international passengers, an average of 5,313 passengers per day in April, 2024.

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