KIGALI’S KANOMBE AIRPORT GETS NEW FUELING TRUCKS
Three new state of the art Mercedes Benz fueling trucks were launched yesterday at the Kanombe International Airport in Kigali, replacing the old equipment with two 36.000 litre vehicles and one of 18.000 litre capacity. This will now be enough to refuel several aircraft at once, including long haul ‘birds’ as the A330 which makes regular appearances in Kigali from European carriers like Brussels Airlines and KLM, but can also serve smaller turbo prop aircraft like RwandAir’s ‘Dash 8’.
The Rwandan minister for infrastructure, who was present at the launch, also disclosed that it was government’s intention to increase fuel storage capacity at the airport from 2 million litres to 3 million litres in the short term, to be better equipped to deal with interruptions in the supply chain, while at the same time also inviting more investments at the country’s premier aviation facility, aimed to make Kanombe International more competitive vis a vis regional neighbours.
Planning for a brand new international airport outside Kigali, to be known as Bugesera International Airport, is also ongoing and further announcements on that project can be read here as and when new developments take place.