RwandAir set for Juba and Douala launch

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(eTN) – After already announcing Accra as their next destination in their current in-flight magazine, INZOZI, RwandAir announced the launch of direct flights from Kigali to two additional new destinat

(eTN) – After already announcing Accra as their next destination in their current in-flight magazine, INZOZI, RwandAir announced the launch of direct flights from Kigali to two additional new destinations. Douala and Juba will be joining the growing list of destinations from the airline’s hub in Kigali over the next few months.

The flights to Accra, Ghana will operate 5 times a week, and Douala will be served 4 times a week. Both flights conveniently leave Kigali in the afternoon, whereas the return flight for Kigali leaves the following morning. Boeing 737-700NG or B737-800NG aircraft will be used on the route, offering both Business and Economy Class service and attractive market promotion and introduction fares will be made available for bookings from next week. Both of these new destinations, Accra and Douala, will launch on June 1. The 2 cities will join Brazzaville, Libreville, and Lagos, making RwandAir’s West African destinations a true “handful.”

A month later, on July 1, Juba, the capital of South Sudan, will be added to the network and will initially be served 3 times a week with the recently-acquired brand new CRJ900NextGen regional jets. Departure from Kigali is at 0945 hours and the return flight from Juba to Kigali will take off at 1300 hrs, South Sudan time.

All new flights offer excellent connectivity into the entire RwandAir network, now consisting of 16 destinations. In a statement to the press, RwandAir CEO John Mirenge said: “A new schedule, effective June 1, allows us to expand, add new destinations, and develop our airline and Kigali airport as transit hub. We will be welcoming many more visitors to Rwanda.”

The announcement coincides with the end of Rwanda’s national development conference where 200 national leaders came together to strategize how to achieve a double-digit economic growth in the coming years, and needless to say, tourism, and as manifested here, aviation will clearly be in the center of things.

The airline’s Commercial Director, Bert van der Stege, added to his CEO’s remarks when he said: “With the replacement of older Boeing 737-500s by the Boeing 737-700 NGs and the re-design of our current pattern of operations, we are able to enhance the efficiency of our network. Improving connectivity is key for us to attract more passengers. The new schedule will have a very positive impact on our passenger numbers and revenue.”

RwandAir has, over the past 3 years, seen impressive growth. In the year 2012, RwandAir carried 67% more passengers and enjoyed a 60% increase in revenue vs. 2011 despite no increase in capacity. This year the focus is on fleet renewal with new CRJ900s and B737-700s joining the fleet and the implementation of a new hub structure at Kigali Airport.

RwandAir has made an impact on African travelers for conveniently connecting them through Kigali International Airport. Still relatively small in size, the compact airport and the airline are able to provide seamless transfers and a much more personalized service than is the case elsewhere in the region. This makes connecting through the heart of Africa on RwandAir an excellent alternative for African passengers from Southern, Western, and Eastern Africa, compared to some of the bigger and busier airports in the region.

RwandAir for sure is going places as is the entire country, known as “The Land of the Thousand Hills.”