Uganda Airlines has finally resumed operations after an 18-year hiatus.

The inaugural flight to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport took off from Entebbe International Airport on August 27, with technical officers, government officials and media on board.

The flight came a day ahead of the airline’s first scheduled commercial flight on August 28.

The first scheduled flight will depart Entebbe at 06h00 and land at Nairobi at 07h15. A second flight, to Mogadishu, Somalia, will depart Entebbe at 17h37 and arrive at Aden Adde International Airport at 20h00.

The airline’s first regional flights, which will be to Nairobi, Juba, Mombasa, Mogadishu and Kilimanjaro, are expected to start this year. The carrier will deploy the recently acquired Bombardier CRJ900s on the first regional routes.