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Rwandair is a growing airline operating from Rwandan capital 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.





















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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

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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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Rwandair Flights to Kigali Rwandair is a growing airline operating from Rwandan capital Kigali to Kamembe and Gisenyi in Rwanda and internationally to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, 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 it’s customers the choice seating in Business or Economy class. Future destinations could include Addis Ababa, Mwanza, Lusaka and Kinshasa. Rwandair Express operates three aircraft types:a Boeing 737-500, Bombardier CRJ100 and DHC-8. RWANDAIR UPDATE 22.10.2010 RwandAir, the expanding national carrier, is planning to start flying direct scheduled services between Kigali and Lusaka in Zambia now that Rwandair has been granted traffic rights between the two capital cities. Rwandair will also start flying from Kigali to both Mombasa and Dubai with the new flight scheduled to start on November 3rd 2010 and operating three times each week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Chief Executive Officer, Rene Janata said that the Lusaka route is a great opportunity for the carrier. “This is another big opportunity for the national carrier, if we get the market we will start flying there as soon as possible,” Janata said. The carrier is in an expansion program that has seen them acquire a fleet of two 737-800 Boeing aircraft, Two CRJ200s and two Boeings due for delivery next year. RwandAir is planning to introduce two further new destinations from Kigali to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rwandair Flights to Rwanda from Europe Rwandair operates a good network of flights covering the major business centres in South and Eastern Africa from it’s Kigali base. Now participating in a "code-share" agreement with Brussels Airlines, Rwandair can now offer seamless connections from many points in UK and Europe, via Brussels Airlines' hub in Brussels. Onward connections from Kigali make Rwandair is an excellent choice for those passengers travelling to destinations within Rwanda as well as to important business and leisure destinations in East and Southern Africa. We certainly recommend that you give serious consideration to Rwandair when you next travel in their part of Africa.

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