, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – RwandAir has re-designed its flight schedule to increase frequencies to Dubai, Johannesburg, Lagos and East Africa.
The airline says business between Rwanda and the Arab states is increasing and the new timetable allows fast and convenient connections through Kigali from across the continent as well as to and from Dubai.
In a major overhaul of its operations and with two new aircraft joining the fleet next month, RwandAir adjusted frequencies to the 14 cities it serves.
Dubai will now see daily flights, all operating nonstop from Kigali, while Johannesburg will also be served with seven flights a week.
West-Africa’s largest city Lagos will be served five times weekly and frequencies to Brazzaville and Libreville will increase from three to four flights weekly, while in East Africa, RwandAir will also increase its presence.
The arrival of two brand new CRJ-900 Next Generation jets from Bombardier based in Montreal, Canada will allow RwandAir to serve Nairobi three times a day, operating non-stop with a travel time of just one hour.
Bujumbura and Entebbe will also be served three times a day each and frequencies to Dar es Salaam have been increased to a daily non-stop flight from Kigali.
Earlier this year, the carrier launched flights to Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania.
Instead of operating with the current three weekly flights, Mwanza will now be operated four times a week, while Kilimanjaro and Mombasa frequencies have been increased to four times weekly in order to foster regional tourism.
In a statement, RwandAir CEO John Mirenge said, “We will be welcoming more travellers on board our national carrier. This is a major step in the development of the airline and the airport. Connecting through Kigali now becomes a real alternative for everyone”.
The airline’s General Manager- Commercial, Bert van der Stege, noted that with the arrival of two new aircraft and the re-design of the current pattern of operations, RwandAir will be able to enhance the efficiency of their network.
“Improving connectivity and offering world class service is key for our airline to attract more passengers,” he added.
The Winter Schedule will provide RwandAir passengers with better and more efficient connectivity through its hub – Kigali International Airport.
Still relatively small in size, the airport and the national airline are able to provide seamless transfers and a much more personalized service.
This ensures connecting through the heart of Africa on RwandAir is an excellent alternative for passengers, compared to bigger and busier airports in the region.
RwandAir’s fleet currently consists of four Boeing 737 aircraft and one Bombardier Dash-200 series, but two brand new CRJ900 regional jets are scheduled to arrive in October this year with an option of a further two in 2013.
The airline serves two domestic destinations, many regional cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Mwanza and more destinations on the African continent and beyond will be added in 2013 and 2014.