Juba-Bor Road drive airlines out of business

Juba-Bor Road drive airlines out of business
Juba-Bor Road.

Airlines plying the Juba-Bor road are staring at potential losses after the recent construction of the highway heading to Jonglei State.

The Juba International Airport authorities yesterday confirmed that their office had registered a drastic drop in the bookings for the route.

They attributed the decline to the construction of the Juba-Bor Road, which is nearing completion and made most people shift from air to road transport.

In an interview with The City Review yesterday, Kur-Kuol Ajieu, the Director for Juba International Airport, said the improved road network to Jonglei State is the main reason behind the mass migration from air transport to road, which is considered cheaper.

“There are no flights (domestic and commercial) because most people are using the road,” Kur said.

He added that the remaining domestic flights are the chartered ones and others assigned to non-governmental organisations for humanitarian work.  

An airport agent who identified himself as Kuraba Moses confirmed that most of their clients had resorted to using road transport.

“Since they started, our money has reduced, our clients have left, and they continue to leave as the road to Jonglei continues to improve,” Kuraba said.

But for Kuraba, good roads are the pride of the nation.

The Ministry of Roads and Bridges deserves all the applause for the upgrading such infrastructural facilities.

“I am very happy with that road to Bor because it has reduced the cost of travel,” he expressed.