In addition to the recently announced flights to Cape Town via Harare, Rwandair is also set to expand its wings to Abuja in Nigeria and Cape Town.
The Abuja route will be linked to the existing services to Accra, where the flight will stop in Abuja before heading to Accra in Ghana and is expected to be operated four times a week.
“This is yet another big milestone for RwandAir as we continue to expand our network. Our aim is to provide our customers with seamless and better connections on the continent and beyond,” said Chance Ndagano, RwandAir’s acting chief executive.
According to Ndagano, by introducing the destinations to Abuja and Cape Town, it will boost the economies of the three countries in terms of tourism and trade on one hand, and enhance bilateral partnership between Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa.
The two additional routes will take the national carrier to 26 destinations.
The IOSA certified airline was recently recognised as one of the safest and best on time performer by world aviation body, the International Air transport association (IATA).
RwandAir was recently granted fifth freedom right by Nigerian authorities to fly without any limitations along Abuja-Yaoundé route in West Africa.
This bilateral airspace service agreement means that RwandAir is now able to operate another route into Nigeria to Abuja.
Rwanda also 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.
Meanwhile, traders have welcomed the move by RwandAir to start operating these two new routes calling it an opportunity to further boost intra-regional trade.
“The new routes mean that we, as exporters, can now move our goods to these new destinations much more easily but also be able to forge trade deals with our counterparts in both Abuja and Cape Town,” said Ritha Ngabire a Kigali based trader.