RwandAir set to be the first African airline to trial IATA Travel Pass

RWANDA – RwandAir, one of the fastest growing airlines, will become the first African airline to trial International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass to enable safe and seamless international travel. The airline will begin a three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi, Kenya. IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform to help passengers easily and securely verify that they comply with Covid-19 test or vaccine travel requirements, in turn giving governments the confidence to reopen borders. Developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the…

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RwandAir to launch Kigali – Bangui flights

RWANDA – Flag carrier of Rwanda, RwandAir is set to launch a new route into Central Africa with flights to Bangui. The launch of the new intra-African service to the Central African Republic is part of RwandAir’s recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as it opens up new markets and destinations. The Kigali-based airline will fly to Bangui the capital of Central African Republic, twice a week from February 3, 2021, with flights operating on Wednesdays and Sundays. Tagged to the existing route to Douala in Cameroon, the…

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Rwanda drops plans to increase RwandAir fleet

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda says it is putting on hold the acquisition of new airplanes for its national carrier RwandAir mainly due to the impact of Covid-19 on business. The additional planes were to enable RwandAir serve the increasingly opened skies through the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA). Due to the pandemic, RwandAir was forced to suspend operations following the lockdown in March, and only resumed operations in August when the country started a gradual reopening of the economy. The airline has gradually reopened routes though passenger occupancy remains…

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Rwanda’s parliament approves new routes for Rwandair

RWANDA – Rwanda’s parliament has approved the ratification of Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASAs) with five countries allowing national carrier RwandAir to operate in five additional routes. The airline’s growth plans have been severely hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic but the agreements will help broaden business activities and permit designated airlines of contracting countries to operate commercial flights that cover the transport of passengers and cargo between Rwanda and those countries, said Claver Gatete, Rwanda’s Minister for Infrastructure. Rwanda ratified agreements with Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Somalia, and Tunisia, bringing the total…

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RwandAir restarts its London, Brussels flights as KQ appoints GSA in Europe

RWANDA – RwandAir is set to resume passenger flights to London and Brussels from 3rd October 2020. The resumption of European services will see the leading African carrier switch its UK operations from London Gatwick, with commercial flights to the Rwandan capital now departing from London Heathrow for the first time. Flights will initially resume on a twice-weekly basis before increasing to three-times-weekly from 25th October reconnecting the UK with Rwanda for passenger and critical cargo operations. Yvonne Manzi Makolo (above), CEO of RwandAir, said: “Now travel bans and restrictions…

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Qatar Airways Seeks to Acquire 49% Stake in RwandAir to cater for growing demand

RWANDA – Qatar Airways is set to purchase a 49% stake in Rwanda’s national carrier, Rwandair, to cater for growing demand in Africa after buying a 60% stake in the new Kigali Airport. “It is a 49 percent stake that we are negotiating for in RwandaAir,” the CEO of Qatar Airways, Baker al-Baker, told a press conference on the sidelines of an international aviation conference in Doha. “The attraction of Kigali is its location, the stability of the country and the very favourable business environment that exists in that country,”…

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Qatar Airways buys RwandAir shares to counter problems with Gulf neighbours

RWANDA – Qatar Airways is solidifying its aviation presence in the African market by purchasing shares in Rwanda’s national airline, RwandAir, to counter its current problems with its Gulf neighbours. This is after its airline was banned from flying over neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain in mid-2017 due to a political dispute between the sides. They were key markets for the airline and so buying a stake in RwandAir will support its expansion into Africa as an alternative market. Kigali’s decision to sell shares in…

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