Uganda Airlines bags Shs240m from transporting dead bodies

Man Jose Kayima

Uganda Airlines had bagged about Shs247m from transporting dead bodies of mainly Ugandans back home since the resumption of flights for about two years.

Officials says that on average, a body that is fully packed in a specialized coffin is heavier than normal and weighs between 130 and 180Kgs

Each kilogram is charged $8 which means that transporting a dead body costs Shs5M.

From October 2022 when we commenced our flights, the airline has transported about 47 bodies into the country, mainly from United Arab Emirates (UAE) and South Africa which are countries where many of Uganda’s labourers are found.” Said Mr.Morris Ongwech who is the manager in charge of Cargo at Uganda Airlines as quoted by Daily Monitor

He added that they offer discounts to the families that transport dead bodies

“But since this is a national airline, we give discount to the bereaved families transporting dead bodies back home as a sign of mourning alongside them.” Added Ongwech.

The Uganda Airlines began flying in August, 2019 but it was halted by the outbreak of the horrendous Covid-19 turmoil in 2020.

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