A section of leaders in Kisoro District have joined hands with tourism operators in an urgent appeal for help. This is amid threats by a charter flight company to suspend operations in the area. The charter company, Aerolink, has threatened to suspend operations because of the poor state of Kisoro Airstrip’s runway. This drastic course of action would severely affect the lucrative mountain gorilla tracking tourism business.
“We are writing to you to humbly request that you urgently look into improving Kisoro airstrip at the earliest time possible. This is to enable us all to benefit from the revenue Kisoro, as a district, generates from foreign guests. And make it a preferred destination for all, Ugandans included,” Ms. Mugo wrote.
“With the fast deterioration of the runway, Aerolink may be forced to suspend operations at Kisoro. This is because the safety of our clients, pilots, and equipment is our utmost priority,” she added.
The Kisoro District chairman, Mr. Abel Bizimana; council speaker Amos Hakizimana; and chairperson of the chamber of commerce at the district, Mr. Expedito Byensi, told reporters yesterday that petitioning President Museveni is the other option left to address the dire situation. Kisoro Airstrip is very popular for receiving high-end tourists. These come to Uganda for mountain gorilla tracking in Mgahinga and Bwindi national parks found in the district.
In conclusion, Mr. Bizimana appealed to the government to fulfill its 2016 promise to compensate people who own tree plantations around the airstrip so that they can be cut down to improve visibility.
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