Rwanda aviation breaking news – Kigali is now connected with Lagos as inaugural flight takes to the skies


This morning will see the launch of RwandAirs 13th destination, and I can see already those with superstitious tendencies to advocate for 12A or 14 instead, but 13 it is and a lucky number by the look of it. The new connection will operate initially three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, leaving Kigali at 08.30 hrs local time and returning the same day, landing in Kigali again at 18.40 hrs, after reaching Lagos at 11.40 hrs local time.
Said John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir, on the occasion of the inaugural flight: At the beginning of the year we made a commitment to expand our network with a focus on Central and West Africa. Lagos for us is an exciting addition to our network and we know the destination will have very positive contributions to the already existing network. We are pleased to make this our first West African destination. From the time we declared our intentions to fly to Lagos, the Nigerian government and aviation authorities have been very swift and quick in welcoming us.
RwandAir already flies three times a week from Kigali via Brazzaville to Libreville and the new route to Lagos is an almost logical expansion of the network into West Africa, considering the extensive business and trade ties already in existence, which are now undoubtedly being greatly enhanced by the nonstop flights between the two countries.
In a related development was it also announced that RwandAir, with now 7 aircraft on the fleet, is now operating three additional nonstop flights between Kigali and Dubai, besides the exiting three flights via Mombasa, which will be retained as the trade and tourism links to the Kenyan coast are equally considered to be of crucial importance for landlocked Rwanda, and with traffic rights between Mombasa and Dubai loadfactors benefit greatly from this particular stopover.
Plans are also afoot to further fine-tune the current schedule with the aim of connecting the East African destinations of Entebbe, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, but also the domestic flights from Kamembe and Gisenyi to the continental destinations, so watch this space for further announcements on additional frequencies and timing changes in coming weeks.

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