RwandAir resumes Kigali-Nairobi flights, new ones to Goma (Congo) and Dar-es-Salaam

Monday, November 30, 2009, 18:08 by Jose Philip

RwandAir resumes Kigali-Nairobi service with 2 daily flights; starting flights to Goma (Congo) and Dar-es-Salaam

RwandAir, the national airline of Rwanda, based in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, has resumed operations to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, with 2 flights a day.

The flights to Nairobi were suspended after an aircraft that RwandAir leased from JetLink Express, a regional airline headquartered Kenya, crashed into the VIP lounge at Kanombe International Airport in Kigali on November 12, 2009.

In a statement, RwandAir, said that one of the daily flights, Flight WB108, will take off from Nairobi for Kigali at 2 p.m. (Nairobi time). The other flight, RwandAir WB118, will depart from Nairobi for Kigali at 8 p.m. (Nairobi time).

Michael Otieno, corporate and communication manager for RwandAir, said in the statement that notable changes have been effected in the carrier’s schedule of flights from Kigali.

Accordingly, RwandAir Flight WB115 from Kigali to Kamembe Airport in Rwanda will now leave Kigali at 8 a.m. (local time) daily; Flight WB103 to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania will take off from Kigali at 7 a.m. (local time) on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m.: and Flight WB206 to Bujumbura International Airport in Burundi will leave Kigali at 4.30 p.m. (local time) daily, except Fridays, when the departure is at 3.40 p.m.

RwandAir also said it has maintained its 2 daily flights from Kigali to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda – with one flight leaving Kigali at 1 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.

However, RwandAir said scheduled flights to Johannesburg in South Africa will stay suspended for the time being, adding that it is making efforts to resume the Kigali- Johannesburg service “in the near future.”

In the statement, RwandAir announced its plans to start scheduled flights from Kigali to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in December 2009, and from Kigali to Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, in the middle of January 2010.

While the Kigali-Goma flight will cost $199 (Rwf112, 952) for a return ticket, the Kigali-Dar-es-Salaam flight is to cost $399 (Rwf225,516) for a return ticket.

RwandAir will fly 4 times a week on the Kigali-Goma route, and 3 times a week on the Kigali-Dar-es-Salaam route.

In the statement, RwandAir said it is working on offers special offers as well as packages for the FIFA World Cup 2010, to be held in Johannesburg in South Africa.

Rwanda’s national airline had recently launched a direct flight from Kigali to Brussels, the capital of Belgium, following a commercial pact between Rwandair and Brussels Airlines, which was signed in March 2009.

The Rwandair-Brussels Airlines deal enables Rwandair to sell 10 seats in the economy-class as a ‘marketing carrier’ on all the 3 weekly flights that Brussels Airlines operates between Kigali and Brussels. This facility offers the customers of Rwandair the flexibility of booking online, or buying tickets through any of RwandAir’s offices in eastern or southern Africa, and fly to Brussels direct from Kigali on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The airline said it had signed a contract, a few days ago, with two pilots ahead of the arrival of its 2 CRJ200 planes, each with 50 seats.

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