26 DESTINATIONS FOR RWANDAIR WHEN ABUJA AND CAPE TOWN COME ON LINE
(Posted 13th February 2018)
RwandAir formally announced earlier today that it will soon commence flights to Abuja in Nigeria and Cape Town in South Africa. The airline will operate four weekly flights from Kigali to Cape Town with a stopover in Harare and reportedly enjoys fifth freedom traffic rights which will allow them to uplift traffic between Harare and Cape Town.
The Abuja flight will be combined with the existing Accra route, where the flight will stop in Abuja before heading to Accra and it will also be operated four times a week, delinking Accra from the present stop in Lagos.
“This is yet another big milestone for RwandAir as we continue to expand our network. Our aim is to provide to our customers seamless and better connections on the continent and beyond. Abuja and Cape Town come in as a boost to the different economies in terms of tourism and trade on one hand, and enhance bilateral partnership between our countries on the other hand”, said Chance Ndagano Ag. CEO of RwandAir.
Cape Town is the best known port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the Table Mountain, one of the top tourist attractions of the city along with Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island.
In contrast was Abuja built in 1980s, was made the capital city of Nigeria and is the only city in Africa that was built solely for the purpose of being the capital city. Abuja’s tourist attractions include Aso Rock, the Gurara waterfalls, Millennium Park, National Ecumenical Center and the Abuja National Mosque to name but a few.
The two new destinations will take RwandAir’s destinations to twenty-six overall, a phenomenal rise given that 10 years ago it flew to less than a handful of regional airports in East Africa.
From its hub at Kigali International Airport, RwandAir has built a reputation for its excellent on-time performance, their customer service and in particular their safety. The airlines operates one of the youngest fleets on the African continent. RwandAir, is an IATA member airline, has twice renewed its IOSA certification and has more recently been ISAGO and EASA certified.
With a fleet of twelve aircraft including two wide-body Airbus A330’s acquired last year, the airline currently reaches out to twenty-four (24) destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Last year, RwandAir launched flights from Kigali to Mumbai but also to Harare, London (Gatwick) and Brussels as well as Dakar.
From their second hub in Cotonou. RwandAir also introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville with full traffic rights on all sectors.
This year, RwandAir is planning to launch flights to Guangzhou in China, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Bamako in Mali and Conakry in Guinea.
RwandAir also plans to enter the American market with flights to New York at a date yet to be announced and after regulatory clearances from US Aviation and security agencies have been secured for both the airline and the airport.
Kigali – Abuja – Accra eff 15APR18 4 weekly 737-800
WB220 KGL0800 – 1100ABV1145 – 1220ACC 738 x246
WB221 ACC1320 – 1550ABV1640 – 2130KGL 738 x246
No local traffic rights on Abuja – Accra sector.
Kigali – Harare – Cape Town eff 16MAY18 4 weekly CRJ900
WB110 KGL0820 – 1100HRE1145 – 1445CPT CRJ x246
WB111 CPT1600 – 1900HRE1945 – 2230KGL CRJ x246
Local traffic rights on Harare – Cape Town sector.