RwandAir on course to complete IOSA certification

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(eTN) – It was learned that RwandAir is on course to attain the important IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as the audit is continuing to assess the airline’s compliance with safety regulations and recommendations made by leading regulatory bodies and IATA.

According to a regular source, when the audit is complete, the airline will then also seek full membership in the global aviation body, in the process benefitting from the opportunities member airlines have in regard of interlining, codesharing, and a widened base for ticket sales.

The initial time frame could not be met as several management changes since mid last year also impacted on the airline’s top management’s ability to concentrate fully on these important issues. However, since the appointment of Mr. Rene Janata, who joined RwandAir from Lufthansa German Airlines, all systems were go, and the new leadership is clearly paying off for the flag carrier of Rwanda.

Passenger numbers uplifted since the arrival of two owned CRJ jets and two leased B737-500, and have also sharply improved by nearly 90 percent from last year, as the airline can now operate more flights to more destinations in the region, while added flights are already planned to expand RwandAir’s reach.