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Demand for flights

Rubavu flights now daily from Kigali

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Aug 23, 2011

(eTN) - In an ongoing effort to make domestic flights in Rwanda more popular, RwandAir has commenced daily flights between Kigali’s Kanombe International Airport and the municipality of Rubavu. Flights were started earlier this year, using the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, and demand rose so sharply in recent weeks that RwandAir felt comfortable to go from 4 times a week to daily operations.

An increasing number of travelers connect in Kigali with RwandAir and other carriers, to fly beyond, sparing them the long and tiring road journey they had to undertake before flights were launched.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking down for the formal handover and delivery/ferry flight of a brand new Boeing 737-800, the first of 2 purchased outright by RwandAir. The aircraft is presently being readied for the ferry flight and is due to arrive in Kigali on Saturday, August 27. A second new generation B737-800 is then due for delivery a few weeks afterwards. Both aircraft are featuring Boeing’s brand new "sky interior" design and are equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment systems.

On flights from Johannesburg, Libreville, Brazzaville, Kinshasa, and Dubai, passengers enroute to Kigali will be able to not only enjoy the latest news and films, but can also see documentaries about Rwanda’s natural and tourism attractions, thus promoting the destination yet more.

Open questions remain over the fate of 2 leased B737-500 aircraft under contract from GECAS to RwandAir, once the new "birds" have arrived, but expect to read about that and the arrival and the naming of the aircraft in a few days "live" from Kigali.

Rubavu flights now daily from Kigali
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