Lusaka control – this is RwandAir calling


(Posted 11th February 2015)

RwandAir yesterday afternoon reconfirmed their launch date for flights from Kigali to Lusaka, the Zambian capital, to take off on the 27th of March.

Lusaka will be served initially three times a week, using a B737-800NG aircraft which will then continue to Johannesburg before returning to Kigali also via Lusaka. Traffic days have been set as Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the return flights landing back in Kigali on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. More details can be found on the airline’s website

This will be RwandAir’s 18th destination in a network which has grown at a fast pace over the past years without however compromising on time performance and service levels.

Travellers from across East Africa, but also from RwandAir’s West African destinations can now easily connect via Kigali, giving them an alternative to reach Zambia. In turn it is understood that a team from RwandAir will be targeting travel agencies and businesses in Lusaka and other towns across Zambia to use their services when flying to destinations served by the airline.

John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir had this to say: ‘We are delighted to see African airspaces open for African carriers to take advantage of the opportunities on the continent; the route which will be served with flights combined with our Johannesburg route will offer convenience and affordable flights to the passengers who will also take advantage of connections to sixteen other destinations in Africa and in the Middle East’.

RwandAir reportedly has traffic rights from Lusaka to Johannesburg, which for Zambians is one of the key regional routes for both outbound and inbound traffic.

In a related development did RwandAir also confirm that, as reported here some time ago, agreements are being concluded to introduce wide body aircraft within the space of the next 12 months, then allowing the airline to launch flights to China, India and Europe. News about the delivery date of the aircraft and the aircraft type, will be broken here in due course, so watch this space.

2 Responses

  1. First of all great blog it’s nice to get relevant East African aviation news, when living abroad as I. Rwandair going intercontinental (besides DXB) is a like a dream come true for myself, and it seems as it’s not to far away. But I’m wondering which aircraft it would be, probably a Boeing considering their 737’s and desire to fly Dreamliners. But most of all I’m wondering when will the news come out?!

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