RwandAir has been vigilant in networking in a bid to boost trade with other countries, ensuring long distance connection are made. The national flag carrier will be more than happy, now than ever to officially announce direct flights to Gatwick Airport, London. The airline officials said it will kick off on May 26.
According to John Mirenge, the RwandAir chief executive officer, the airline will have flights between Kigali International Airport and London three times a week.
“We are delighted to enable new and seamless connection between London and the whole of our network, offering customers a differentiated product in terms of comfort, good customer services and affordability,” Mirenge said.
Gatwick is the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow.
London, one of the world’s leading financial centres, will become RwandAir’s first European and second long haul route.
The destination will be served by the Airbus A330 aircraft that boasts of in-flight connectivity. RwandAir is scheduled to start flights to Harare, Zimbabwe and Mumbai in India on April 1 and 3, respectively.
When flights on the three routes begin, the airline’s network will expand to 22.
Flights to Harare will be daily and tagged to the existing Lusaka (Zambia) route, while the national carrier will operate direct flights on the Mumbai route, four times a week. Mirenge said the airline will enter more markets soon, including Conakry, Guinea, Bamako in Mali, as well as Dakar, Senegal, Lilongwe in Malawi and Durban, South Africa. Presently, RwandAir operates 19 destinations, including Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Lusaka, Juba, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Cotonou, Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville, and Brazzaville.
The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certified airline also plans to start flights to New York, in the United States this year as part of its strategy to serve more global markets.