Rwanda Air Begins Direct Flights to Zambia

RwandAir staff members
RwandAir staff members

Flag carrier airline Rwandair is billed to begin direct flights from Kigali in Rwanda to Lusaka in Zambia as from next month, precisely on March 27th. After commencement, the airline will maintain three weekly flights that will ply that route on Mondays,Wednesday’s and Fridays. This development comes barely two weeks after the most recent annual gathering of the African Union (AU) where a firm commitment was made to implement the Yamousoukro Declaration (YD), which is essentially a call for a liberalization of African skies for African airlines, with the central aim of establishing a single African air transport market. This move confirms the current focus of operators on easing the stress and inconveniences borne by travelers who wish to commute between African nations. “We are delighted that the continent’s airspace is being opened for African carriers to take advantage of the opportunities therein. The Lusaka route will offer convenience and affordable flights to the passengers who will also take advantage of connections to sixteen other destinations in Africa and in the Middle East. They will all be operated by our Boeing 737-800 Next Generation dual class aircraft with guaranteed safety and comfort,” commented John Mirenge, CEO of Rwandair. The development is sure open up new business and economic opportunities between both nations while strengthening existing ones. RwandAir has also recently been in the news recently as it launched direct flights on the Entebbe-Nairobi route two weeks ago after acquiring the fifth freedom in Nairobi. These series of moves will further strengthen the regional integration in the region as Rwanda is continuously linked directly from Uganda and Zambia. As a way of ensuring smooth flight experiences for its customers, the airline will soon take delivery of a second brand new dual class Bombardier Q400 Next Generation aircraft. Because of its giant strides, the airline has been recently ranked as one of the safest across the globe after passing the International Air Transport Association (IATA) operational safety audit.another certification may be in the pipeline as Mr Mirenge hinted with the words, “the IATA safety audit for ground operations expected to be completed by June 2016.”   By Emmanuel Iruobe

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