RwandAir is set to launch direct flights between Kigali and Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, as part of the airline’s expansion strategy, its CEO confirmed yesterday.
The move was first announced during the recent state visit to Congo by President Paul Kagame. John Mirenge, the CEO of RwandAir, said the Brazzaville destination is in line with their expansion programme, which will see the national carrier opening more routes to the west and other parts of African.
“This is another big open opportunity for the national carrier to expand its presence to the other parts of the continent. We are working on the paper documents to get the flying-rights and it will not be long before we start making direct flights to the capital (Brazzaville),” Mirenge said.
He said that the airline will be operating three weekly flights between Kigali and Brazzaville.
Early this month, the carrier launched its first flight to Dubai via Mombasa, making it its 6th destination.
The national carrier is currently operating a fleet of 2 Boeing 737-500, 2 Bombardier CRJ200 crafts and a Dash 8 aircraft. Another fleet of 2 Boeing 737-800s is slated for delivery next year.
Recently, the carrier acquired flying rights to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital and if the two destinations (Lusaka and Brazzaville) are added to the carrier’s schedule.
Through its expansion programme, Rwandair is also slated to open other destinations to Ethiopia and DR Congo.