Passengers board a Kenya Airways (KQ) plane at Entebbe International Airport
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An outspoken Ugandan legislator has urged the Ugandan Parliament to consider boycotting Kenya Airways, because of the ‘exorbitant’ fares it charges in the region.

WANTS KQ BOYCOTT: Jinja West MP Moses Grace Balyeku
WANTS KQ BOYCOTT: Jinja West MP Moses Grace Balyeku

Jinja West MP Moses Grace Balyeku made the remarks earlier today, while contributing to debate in parliament during the vetting of ministers.

Aviation sources indicate that the KQ fare charged between and Entebbe and Nairobi, an hour’s flight that costs about US US$225 (about UGX793.000), is one of the most expensive in the world.

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By press time it was not possible to establish why Balyeku raised the matter in Parliament but sources say Kenya Airways, which operates 8 flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and Entebbe Airport everyday, is the major carrier of Ugandan legislators flying from Entebbe and connecting to various destinations across the globe.

Meanwhile, other airlines that have tried to ply the Nairobi-Entebbe route like Air Uganda, Fly540 and Fastjet have failed to sustain the consistency or pulled out altogether.