(eTN) – This morning will see the launch of RwandAir’s 13th destination, and already those with superstitious tendencies may be advocating for 12A or 14 instead, but 13 it is and a lucky number by the look of it. The new connection will operate initially 3 times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, leaving Kigali at 0830 hours local time and returning the same day, landing in Kigali again at 1840 hours, after reaching Lagos at 1140 hours local time.
Said John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir, on the occasion of the inaugural flight: “At the beginning of the year, we made a commitment to expand our network with a focus on Central and West Africa. Lagos for us is an exciting addition to our network, and we know the destination will have very positive contributions to the already existing network. We are pleased to make this our first West African destination. From the time we declared our intentions to fly to Lagos, the Nigerian government and aviation authorities have been very swift and quick in welcoming us.”
RwandAir already flies 3 times a week from Kigali via Brazzaville to Libreville and the new route to Lagos is an almost logical expansion of the network into West Africa, considering the extensive business and trade ties already in existence, which are now undoubtedly being greatly enhanced by the nonstop flights between the two countries.
In a related development, it was also announced that RwandAir, with now 7 aircraft on the fleet, is now operating 3 additional nonstop flights between Kigali and Dubai, besides the exiting three flights via Mombasa, which will be retained as the trade and tourism links to the Kenyan coast and are equally considered to be of crucial importance for landlocked Rwanda, and with traffic rights between Mombasa and Dubai, loadfactors will benefit greatly from this particular stopover.
Plans are also afoot to further fine-tune the current schedule with the aim of connecting the East African destinations of Entebbe, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam, and also the domestic flights from Kamembe and Gisenyi to the continental destinations.