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Rwandair is a growing airline operating from the Rwandan capital of Kigali to Kamembe and Gisenyi in Rwanda.
The airline also flies internationally to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, London Gatwick in the United Kingdom, Entebbe in Uganda, Nairobi in Kenya, Bujumbura in Burumdi and Johannesburg in South Africa.
All flights feed through the Kigali hub where connections may be possible to other destinations on their network.
Rwandair has a small fleet of aircraft and offers its customers the choice seating in Business or Economy class.
Future destinations could include Addis Ababa, Mwanza, Lusaka and Kinshasa.
2017 has seen Rwandair commence services to mumbai, Harare, London (Gatwick) and Brussels. Rwandair introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its new hub in Cotnou and will begin operations to Bamako, Conakry and Dakar from the same hub by the beginning of October 2017.
Later this year, Rwandair's network will spread to Guangzhou and plans to enter the American market (flights to New York, USA) will take place in 2018.
Dar es Salaam
Cabin baggage is baggage that is not checked-in to the hold of the aircraft, but is kept in the cabin under the passenger’s custody.
It is carried free of charge if falling within the free allowance. The passenger shall store the cabin baggage in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of him/her
Cabin Baggage Policy
Each Passenger is restricted to one bag 22x15x8 inches [55x38x20 cm] not weighing more than 21 lbs [10kgs] to all destinations with the exception of Johannesburg where the authority restricts this to 15lbs [7kgs].
The above weight and size limitations shall be verified and confirmed by use of the WB baggage moulds/ sizers at check in areas. All baggage exceeding the unchecked baggage limits shall be checked-in.
The following items may be carried free of charge by all passengers except infants;
- 1 overcoat, wrap or blanket
- 1 umbrella or walking stick
- 1 ladies handbag
A reasonable amount of reading material
- 1 small camera
- 1 small laptop
- 1 collapsible baggage trolley
A fully collapsible invalid’s wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches provided that the passenger is dependent on them
When a baby carrycot is carried, lightweight articles such as bedding, diapers, feeding bottles and sufficient food for the journey may be carried free provided the total weight does not exceed 12 kilograms
RwandAir provides extra baggage carriage-services for its clients who travel on the airline’s network. The carriage services come at a cost which varies from destination to destination, region to region, and/or destination to region, or vice versa as well as the type of aircraft being used. The excess baggage policy will serve as the basis for rates applicable in each region to the entire network.
This policy follows the standard checked-in baggage allowance; that is to say 2 pieces of 23 Kgs each in economy class and 2 pieces of 32Kgs each in business class.
29th September 2017
RwandAir to host Africa airlines assembly
RwandAir, has finalised preparations to host the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) this November.
The three-day event from Nov.12 to 14 will be held in the prestigious Kigali Convention Centre in the capital Kigali.
Up to 500 high profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America are expected to attend.
The AFRAA AGA will be attended by Chairmen and CEOs from African airlines, ICAO, IATA, AFCAC, civil aviation authorities, airport companies, air navigation services providers as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, component suppliers, and many other service providers.
The AFRAA Secretary General, Elijah Chingosho, told journalists in Kigali on Sept.18 that the AGA will discuss issues on the development of air transport in Africa in general and development opportunities for African airlines in particular.
“The AFRAA AGA is the premier gathering of senior global aviation executives in Africa. Annually, the AGA brings together global aviation leaders and stakeholders to take stock of aviation milestones and plan the future for the development of African aviation,” he said.
The Secretary General was in Kigali on an advance visit to the event.
He met various stakeholders in Rwanda who looked forward to a successful event in November.
“AFRAA and RwandAir teams are dedicated to ensure that delegates will experience yet another memorable AGA this year,” he said.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is a trade association of airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU) with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Its primary purpose is to foster commercial and technical co-operation among African airlines and to represent their common interests.
Its membership of 37 airlines cuts across the continent and includes all the major intercontinental African operators. The Association members represent over 85% of total international traffic carried by African airlines.
Chance Ndagano, the president of AFRAA who is also the acting CEO of RwandAir, told the journalists that hosting such an event was a great opportunity and he thanked AFRAA for it. He said the event presented an excellent opportunity to strengthen aviation in the country and further promotes the tourism sector.
“RwandAir looks forward to welcome airline top executives and other aviation stakeholders to Remarkable Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills,” he said.
In addition to the provision of an excellent platform for brand visibility through sponsorship, the General Assembly and Summit of AFRAA will present exhibition opportunities for aviation companies to showcase their services, equipment, components, supplies and IT solutions.
Some of the confirmed sponsors include: Accelya & Mercator, Airbus, Amadeus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, Nexus, RwandAir and SITA.
RwandAir has one of the youngest fleet on the African continent. But from its hub at the heart of Africa at Kigali International Airport, it has built a reputation for its excellent on-time performance, customer service and safety, and.
With a fleet of 12 aircraft; including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, the airline currently reaches out to twenty-three destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
This year, RwandAir started flights to Mumbai, Harare, London (Gatwick) and Brussels. RwandAir introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its new hub in Cotonou and will start operations to Bamako, Conakry and Dakar from the same hub by the beginning of October this year. Later this year, the airline’s ever growing network will spread to Guangzhou and in 2018, RwandAir plans to enter the American market with flights to New York, in the USA.
30th August 2017
RwandAir in new expansion plan
From 30th September 2017, RwandAir will unveil 3 new destinations in West Africa from its new hub in Cotonou, Benin..
This follows signing of an agreement between Rwanda and Benin early this month that saw the former’s carrier granted seventh freedom rights.
Seventh freedom rights in aviation means that a carrier is allowed to base its operations outside its home base and operate between its seventh freedom base and a third country without returning to its country.
The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint carrier to be owned by both countries but based in Cotonou.
RwandAir said in a statement issued on Aug. 21 that it will operate three weekly flights from its new hub in Cotonou to Conakry in Guinea, Bamako in Mali and Dakar in Senegal.
This is in addition to the three destinations, Libreville in Gabon, Brazzaville in Congo, and Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire that are set to be served from Cotonou effective Aug. 30.
The new Cotonou hub will be synchronized with the existing operations from Kigali allowing seamless connections to the rest of the RwandAir destinations, which are growing fast on the African continent and beyond.
Dakar, Bamako, and Conakry are some of the largest cities in West Africa, and are home to a vast multicultural heritage and rich history with museums and ancient mosques dating back from the time of the great African empires.
For instance, some of the attractions include the house of slaves on the island of Gorée in Dakar, the National Museum of Mali, and the Conakry Grand Mosque, which is the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“These latest additions are further proof of our commitment to improve connections on the African continent, and the will to create new opportunities for economic exchange, trade and tourism between countries with the aim of fostering economic development,” said Chance Ndagano, the acting Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir.
With a fleet of 12 aircrafts including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, the RwandAir currently reaches out to 23 destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Last May, RwandAir started its second long haul route with flights to London Gatwick, operated by its newly acquired Airbus A330 fleet. Since then it has also commenced non-stop flights from Kigali to Brussels, with return flights via London.
Last year, RwandAir carried more than 650,000 passengers, a number it plans to grow to more than three million in the next five years.
25th August 2017
RwandAir to Open More Routes in West Africa Next Month
RwandAir, the national carrier, will start plying new routes to three West African cities at the end of September, officials have said. The three weekly flights to Conakry in Guinea, Bamako, Mali and Senegalese capital Dakar will be connected via the airline's new hub in Cotonou, Benin, according to Chance Ndagano, the acting chief executive officer of RwandAir.They commence on September 30. The airline already serves three other destinations via Cotonuo, including Libreville in Gabon, Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
RwandAir has been on an expansion drive and has already entered the European market with flights to London (Gatwick) and Brussels that started in May and July, respectively. The new routes will extend RwandAir's network to 26 destinations across three continents. The airline also started flights to Mumbai and Harare this year as part of a strategy to expand its wings across the globe.
"The new Cotonou hub will be synchronised with the existing operations from Kigali allowing seamless connections to the rest of the RwandAir destinations on the African continent and beyond," Ndagano told The New Times yesterday.
The governments of Benin and Rwanda signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint airline based in Cotonou.
Under the deal, RwandAir launched the new hub on August 1 after the country was granted seventh freedom rights by Benin, allowing the airline to operate an international air service from Cotonou to a third country.
Dakar, Bamako, and Conakry are some of the largest cities in West Africa, and are home to a vast multicultural heritage and rich history with museums and ancient mosques dating back from the time of the great African empires, according to officials. Therefore, the destinations present Africa's fastest-growing airline immense business opportunities, and connecting the continent with the rest of the world.
"These latest additions are further proof of our commitment to improve connectivity on the African continent, and the will to create new opportunities for economic exchange, trade and tourism between countries with the aim of fostering economic development," Ndagano noted.
7th August 2017
RwandAir Expands Operations With Benin-Rwanda Agreement
RwandAir has been granted the seventh freedom of the air by the Republic of Benin.
This privilege has allowed the airline to deploy two Boeing 737 aircraft in Cotonou. The operations at RwandAir’s latest hub will commence in the near future.
“The launch of this hub will improve air transport on our continent because Rwandair will be able to reach more countries of West and Central Africa with better connections and more frequencies,” shared Yvonne Manzi Makolo, Deputy Director General for Institutional of RwandAir, of the latest development.
The seventh freedom of the air means that RwandAir, the airline of the Republic of Rwanda, now has the right to operate outside its domestic headquarters. It also allows the airline to transport passengers or cargo without the attached duty of returning to their territory.
Apart from this privilege, both the governments of Rwanda and Berline agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This deal aims to ensure that a common airline between the two nations will be established. The said airline will be based in Cotonou, Benin.
“This will make Benin what we envisage in terms of civil aviation in order to make our platform a sub-regional hub. The airline will come to concretize the second part of our dream, benefiting from the Rwandan experience that will allow Benin to have its airline thus promoting the development of our aviation and tourism,” disclosed His Excellency Hervé Hehomey, Minister Responsible for Transport and Infrastructures of Benin.
His Excellency Aurélien Agbenonci, the minister of foreign affairs of Benin, also shared the same sentiments. He stated, “I am pleased that our Rwandan brothers chose this day of the national holiday to celebrate with us this cooperation which will facilitate the establishment of the Benin – Rwandan airline by the end of the year.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda, His Excellency Louise Mushikiwabo, disclosed the government’s appreciation over the agreement and the potential positive effects they envision stemming from it in the future. He said:
“I wish to express on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Rwanda my deep appreciation to the Government of Benin for allowing this bold and serious economic initiative to take place; I am very pleased that the negotiations have resulted in a positive outcome for both countries.”
The joint airline of Rwanda and Benin is expected to handle passenger and freight lines to Conakry, Brazzaville, Dakar, Abidjan, Douala, Bamako, and Libreville. The operations of RwandAir between Kigali and Cotonou will continue as well.
3rd August 2017
RwandAir Opens New Hub in Benin as Rwanda Builds New Airport
Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir on Tuesday launched its regional hub in Benin to effectively serve Western and Central Africa.
RwandAir route to Cotonou-Benin was opened in 2016 connecting Rwanda to West Africa adding to already established routes including; Douala, Accra, Libreville, Abidjan and Lagos.
According to RwandAir officials,Cotonou is already a vibrant trade hub in Western Africa. It is also expected to boost tourism between Rwanda and the region that borders with Atlantic Ocean.
At the launch of Cotonou office, Aurelien Agbenonchi Benin’s Foreign Affairs Minister said the move, “is a result of cooperation agreement signed between Rwanda and Benin last year.
Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and Benin officials while inaugurating RwandAir Cotonou office
According to Agbenonchi, part of the agreement stipulates that 51% of the returns from Cotonou flights will go to Benin, while Rwanda will take 49%.
Launching RwandAir hub in Cotonou coincided with Benin’s Independence Day.
“We chose the launch to be on such a memorable day to affirm bilateral cooperation between our countries and the beginning of an achievement that will serve our mutual interests,” Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister said at the launch.
Meanwhile, Benin is a strategic destination for RwandAir. According to the International Air Traffic Transport Association (IATTA), the top 10 fastest growing world markets for air travel over the next 20 years will be in Africa.
The top 10 fastest growing markets are Benin, Central African Republic, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.
RwandAir reaches to 23 destinations including 19 in Africa.
Foundation stone for Bugesera airport
As RwandAir expands, country air transport also expands too.
According to Ministry of infrastructure, next week, Rwanda will begin construction of the $818 Million Bugesera International airport but landscaping started a couple of months ago.
In September 2016 Rwandan government signed an agreement with Mota-Engil Africa, a Portuguese based company to develop, do engineering work, procurement, and construction of the airport.
The agreement comprised of construction and operation of the Airport project for a 25-year period with an optional 15 years extension to be executed in four phases.
Initial work at Bugesera airport construction site in October 2016
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by December 2018 with $418 m cost to accommodate 1, 7 million of passengers every year.
The Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni told KT Press on Tuesday, “We have reached a phase of laying a foundation stone to officially launch construction works. This event is due next week.”
Upon completion of the $ 414 m first phase, extension works will be undertaken, to upgrade the capacity to 4.5 million passengers annually. The extension will require additional $400 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $ 818 million.
“If all goes well, we will conclude the financial close by December this year,” Musoni said.
14th June 2017
RwandAir to start flights to Brussels Airport
From 14th July 2017, RwandAir is pleased to announce the commencement of non-stop flights from Kigali to Brussels, in Belgium next month. All returning flights from Brussels to Kigali will be via London.
With the new 3 flights a week between Brussels and Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, which will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A330 fleet configured in a triple class cabin and equipped with inflight connectivity, RwandAir offers a differentiated product in terms of passenger comfort and convenience.
Brussels, Belgium’s fascinating capital and the administrative capital of the European Union, is mainly known for centuries of history, renaissance architecture and monuments. The city’s main attractions include the Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bronzed Manneken-Pis and admirable green spaces such as the “Parc du Cinquantenaire”, Belgian Independence Monument.
“Adding Brussels to our fast growing network, reaffirms our commitment to create new
opportunities for both continents with smooth connections from cities with high demand and will go a long way in boosting trade and tourism”, said Chance Ndagano, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir.
The launch of flights to Brussels comes after the airline’s successful entry into the London market last month (May). The new route takes RwandAir’s network to twenty-three (23) destinations.
In April and May 2017, RwandAir started flying to Mumbai in India, Harare in Zimbabwe and London, in the United Kingdom. In the third quarter of 2017, RwandAir plans to spread its wings to Bamako (Mali), Conakry (Guinea) and Dakar (Senegal). Later this year, RwandAir’s ever growing network will spread to Guangzhou (China). In 2018, RwandAir plans to enter the American market with flights to New York, in the United States of America.
28th March 2017
RwandAir to start flights to London Gatwick Airport in May 2017
RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda is pleased to announce that it will commence 3 weekly flights to London Gatwick Airport effective 26th May, 2017.
London, one of the world’s leading financial centers becomes RwandAir’s first European and second long haul route. The destination will be served by the newly acquired state of the art Airbus A330 fleet in a triple class configuration with inflight connectivity.
"We are delighted to enable new and seamless connections between London and the whole of our network offering our esteemed customers a differentiated product in terms of comfort, good customer services and affordability", said John Mirenge, the Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir.
RwandAir has already announced that flights to Mumbai, India and Harare, Zimbabwe will commence in the first week of April 2017. London, will be RwandAir’s twenty second (22) destination.
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Kigali International Airport
Kigali International Airport (formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, but sometimes referred to as Kanombe International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country, and in addition serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.Airlines that fly from and to Kigali International Airport include Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airlines , Coastal and Ethiopian.
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