Chinese Airline Taps Into Uganda Market

It is going to get easier for Ugandans to fly to China, after China Southern Airlines (CSA) signed a deal with Kenya Airways to increase the number of flights to Asia's biggest economy.

Kenya Airways and CSA recently signed a code-sharing agreement, which will provide 20 flights a week between the Nairobi and Guangzhou route. Guangzhou is rated the best commercial city in China.

The flights are slated to start on August 5, 2015, operating every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Nairobi-Guangzhou non-stop services will be the Airline's second route to Africa.

The launch of the airline, however, comes just a month after the United Arab Emirates national carrier, Etihad Airways, joined the fleet of airlines at Entebbe international airport, also eying the growing traffic to the Far East.

In the last six years, China has become Africa's largest trading partner with trade volumes between the two growing significantly, now valued in excess of $221.8bn a year.

In 2013, the number of outbound Chinese tourists was 98 million, an 18 per cent increase from 2012. The expenditure of outbound Chinese tourists reached $128.7 billion in 2013, a 26.8 per cent jump from 2012.