Rwandair To Start Flights To Abuja, Cape Town
With the sole purpose of boosting Rwanda’s economy, trade, tourism and bilateral partnership with Abuja and Cape Town, Rwandaair is set to launch direct flights to Abuja in Nigeria and Cape Town in South Africa in a short time to come. The yet to be opened flights will operate four times a week from Kigali to Cape town with a stop over in Harare. Also, the new route will be marked to the current route with a short stop in Abuja before proceeding to Accra. Also, the opening of Rwandaair’s direct flights to Abuja and Cape Town is hoped to expand Rwanda’s network as well as providing customers with continuous connections in Africa and other continents.Rwanda also expects an increased number of travelers for gorilla tracking, confrences, mountain hiking and other tourism activities all over the country. According to Rwanda Development Board, the opening of Rwandaair’s direct flights to Nigeria and South Africa is a great milestone for the country. The new flight connect Rwanda to cape town south Africa’s mother city as well as reaching out to the table mountain and cape point which are the top tourism attractions in cape town and south Africa as a whole.
On the other hand, Rwanda’s flight to Abuja is an opportunity to connect direct with Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Unlike other cities, Abuja was built purposely to serve as a capital of Nigeria and this makes it a unique city indeed. More still, flying direct from Kigali to Abuja is an added chance fro travelers to visit other tourism attractions in the city such as Aso rock, Gurara waterfalls, Millennium Park, national ecumenical center and Abuja national mosque among others.
On several occasions, RwandaAir that operates at Kigali International airport has been reputed for its excellence in time management, safety and customer service, which make it one of the leading national carrier with the newest fleet on the African continent.
Interestingly, RwandaAir is also a member of the international air transport association (IATA), which guarantees travelers with quality services. The International Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the international simulation and gaming association (ISAGA) and European aviation safety agency (EASA) certified RwandaAir as the best national carrier in Africa. Currently RwandaAir operates 12 aircrafts with a new airbus A33o that was acquired last year. The 2 yet to be opened routes will make the national carrier reach 26 destinations crossing through central, east, west south Africa, middle East, Asian and European countries.
Fortunately, Rwanda’s new routes to Abuja and Cape Town come a few months after the national carrier opened launched direct flights from Kigali to Mumbai, Harare, London, Gatwick and Brussels as well as Daker from its new hub in Cotonou. Also, Rwandaair announced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its Cotonou hub. In addition to those flying Nigeria and South Africa, RwandaAir is planning to fly Guangzhou in China, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia This year; Rwandair is planning to fly to china through Guangzhou, Ethiopia via Addis Ababa, Mali through Bamako and Guinea through Conakry. In a short time to come, RwandaAir’s direct flights to New York in United States of America will help Rwanda enter into the American markets.
Other direct routes Rwanda plans to introduce in the near include Conakry in Guinea, Bamako in Mali , Dakar in Senegal, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Lilongwe in Malawi and Durban in South Africa among others. RwandaAir acquired its first (A330-300 Airbus aircraft) in 2016, which has boosted overtime to compete globally. Based on 650,000 passengers that RwandaAir carried in 2016, the national carrier is expected to carry over 3 million travelers in the next five years.
Of recent, Nigerian authorities granted Rwandair a fifth freedom right to fly freely along Abuja-Younde route in West Africa with no limitation. The new destinations of Abuja and Cape town will help boost the economies of Rwanda, Nigeria and south Africa in tourism, trade a well as enhancing bilateral partnerships between the three countries. Rwandaair was recently certified as the safety airline by IOSA while the international air transport association (IATA) ranked Rwanda air as the best airline in time performance.
Rwanda recently signed a bilateral air service agreement with Cape Verde opening more potential market opportunities for the national carrier and the country’s private sector hence an indirect promotion of Rwanda safaris with an ease of access.
In the meanwhile, local business communities have warmly welcomed Rwanda’s new direct fifths to Abuja and Cape Town. The direct flights are an opportunity to expand intra-regional trade, which earn local economies foreign exchanges. The new routes are also an added advantage for exporters allowing them to move goods to Nigeria and South Africa. It’s also a privilege for traders to forge trade deals with pother colleagues rom Nigeria and South Africa.
Conclusively therefore, direct flights to Rwanda has made travelling to Rwanda easy. Book now a flight with Rwanda air to any of the European and African countries in the shortest time possible.