AirlinesRwandAir expands its DR Congo footprint amid recovery plan

RwandAir expands its DR Congo footprint amid recovery plan

RwandAir is set to expand its presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo by using the new Kigali-Lumbumbashi-Goma route.

RwandAir will commence flight on the Kigali-Lubumbashi route by September 29, followed by Kigali-Goma flights.

Financial recovery for the airline appears to be a top priority, and RwandAir is in prime position to capitalize on the continued improvement in relations between DRC and Rwanda since President Felix Tshisekedi came to power.

So far, RwandAir operates four weekly flights to Kinshasa, with the first flight just two years ago.

The new routes will exponentially open up the Congolese frontier to RwandAir, easing air travel for Rwandans doing business in the DRC.

Meanwhile, RwandAir in June announced the suspension of its flights to and from Entebbe International Airport, Uganda and Mumbai, India due to a surge in corona virus cases.

As part of it’s recovery plan, the RwandAir will resume flights to both Uganda and Mumbai on September 17 and 20 respectively.

The growing infection rates in Africa is making it difficult for airlines to increase passenger numbers and fly through unused routes.

According to recent reports by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the cumulative domestic air traffic in Africa was 58.9% of August 2019 levels compared to 22.7% for intra-Africa flying and 18.4% for intercontinental flights.

Ekene Lionel
Ekene Lionel is an author for The Aviator Africa, covering military aviation. He has worked as a journalist and defense tech writer for 5 years, much of that time focusing on military and emerging technologies.

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