RwandAir has announced a new destination to Addis Ababa – Ethiopia starting April 2019 as a strategic route to connect the “Heart of Africa” to East, West and even Southern Africa.
RwandAir will operate five weekly direct flights from Kigali to Addis Ababa with a CRJ-900NG aircraft, according to a RwandAir communqué.
The carrier believes that this route will earn good results since it connects Rwanda to an important administrative, financial and commercial centre in Africa which is also the home to key continental organizations including; Headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Addis also hosts many other regional offices for a number of international organizations.
Particularly, RwandAir is of the belief that the flight is key to their growth in Africa and it’s also a bridge for strengthening the bilateral relationships and improving trade and tourism between the two countries.
“As an expanding young airline, it is imperative for us to fly to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport as it is one of the important hubs in Africa,” said Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the CEO of RwandAir.
“By starting direct flights to Addis Ababa we expect to offer better connections to East, West and Southern Africa.” Addis Ababa route will bring RwandAir’s network to 27 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Next year, RwandAir is also planing to fly to Guangzhou, Tel Aviv, Bamako and Conakry. RwandAir also plans to enter the American market with flights to New York.
Last year, the carrier added to its network Mumbai, Harare, London (Gatwick) and Brussels as well as Dakar from its second hub in Cotonou.
RwandAir also introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its Cotonou hub.
This year, new destinations included Abuja in Nigeria and Cape Town – South Africa.