A futuristic impression of Bugesera International Airport under construction just outside Kigali (OZ Architecture photo)
The Belgian flag carrier, Brussels Airlines, is preparing more flights to its Kigali route next month and January next year, a decision the firm says is due to increasing clients coming into Rwanda.
The firm said in a statement that starting from October 28, it will add a fourth flight to the already existing 3 every week. Brussels Airlines flies into Kigali via Nairobi.
Subject to Rwanda government approval, the Airline also says it wants to add a fifth flight via Kigali to Nairobi beginning from December 17 to January 01, 2013.
The main reason for the addition is because of the increased number of customers into Rwanda and the region, and many going out, said the Airline.
Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that the current changes of the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft with the new flight crew is on the way and by November, all older carriers will have new seats and new entertainment system.
Brussels Airlines is one of the several intercontinental carriers currently flying into Kigali. The others are the “five-star” carrier Qatar Airways, Dutch airline KLM, Turkish Airlines and regional giant Kenya Airways.
Rwanda recorded an estimate of 493,744 visitors in the first semester 2012 corresponding to an increase of 22% compared to 2011 in the same period. There was 16% increase in leisure visitors as well as an 8% increase in business visitors.
As Kigali International Airport gets a new US$15million facelift, officials hope more airlines will be flocking to Kigali to have a pie of the booming tourism sector.