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Rwanda, Brazil to Sign Air Space Deal

by Dan Ngabonziza
1:09 pm

Rwanda’s national carrier, Rwandair, could soon start navigating Latin American skies, following an Air Space deal set to be signed in Kigali this afternoon.

The Government of Rwanda and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil will today sign a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) – a move that could see Rwanda’s carrier Rwandair enter Latin American market.

The agreement aims at enhancing commercial flight operations between the two countries, an email sent to KT Press by the Ministry of Infrastructure (Mininfra) says.

The signing of the agreement will take place at the Ministry of Infrastructure offices in the capital Kigali.

The national carrier Rwandair, which deployed its Airbus A330-300 aircraft christened ‘Umurage’ to the Southern China commercial city of Guangzhou on June 18, has been busy in the first eight months of the year.

Before opening its Guangzhou operations, the carrier had been involved in new routes to Kinshasa, DR Congo, Tel Aviv in Israel as well as a partnership deal with world class passenger service solution giant Amadeus signed in January this year to provide world class customer service.

Both Guangzhou and Tel Aviv routes are expected to boost Rwandair’s fortunes by tapping into existing booming trade between Rwanda and China, as well as growing partnership between Israel and Rwanda mostly boosted by Agriculture and ICT.

With the Airspace deal with Brazil, this means that Rwandair will start extending its reach to Latin America which has been remotely connected to African countries.