Aviation news: Rwanda benefits from passenger traffic growth


(eTN) – Information was received last week that the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority’s income had risen substantially during 2010, largely as a result of more flights from abroad landing in Kigali and the increased frequencies of RwandAir, the country’s national airline. Revenues grew by about 25 percent, according to a Kigali-based source, with passengers traversing Kigali for the first time exceeding 300,000 during the period under review.

The same source also suggested that 2011 is likely going to be an even better year, as the effects of the late addition of more flights by such airlines as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines would be felt over an entire financial year and not only for the few weeks at the end of 2010, when the new schedule took effect.

Codeshared operations between such overseas-based carriers like Brussels Airlines with RwandAir are also expected to bring more passengers to the “land of a thousand hills,” for both business and tourism purposes.