RwandAir urges passengers to halt Juba travels amid crisis

RwandAir cancels Juba flights amid crisis

RwandAir cancels Juba flights amid crisis

The chief executive officer of RwandAir, John Mirenge has urged passengers travelling from Kigali to Juba to hold on until the ongoing crisis that emerged from a coup d’ Etat attempt normalizes in Juba, South Sudan.

 

The inconvenience follows a failed coup against the government of President Salva Kiir on December 15, 2013.

 

“We have cancelled our flights to Juba until the situation normalizes to maintain safety of all our stakeholders,” said Mirenge.

 

The ongoing crisis in Juba began when unidentified uniformed personnel opened fire at a meeting of the ruling party on Sunday.

 

Tony Barigye, communications manager Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, says that the authority had not received any complaints from passengers and aircraft operations managers, an indication that the situation is under control.

 

“We are in touch with the officials in Juba to monitor how the situation unfolds,” said Alice Katiti, RwandAir’s senior route manager in charge of the eastern route.

 

Katiti said the situation is beyond the company’s control which calls for waiting to see how events unfold.

 

The Airline says that it is in touch with passengers who had booked tickets to fly to Juba and was doing all that is necessary to keep them updated.

 

In a reaction to the claims that there were passengers whom the airline had booked into hotels due to a canceled flight Katiti said:

 

“We are not accommodating anyone because the cancellation happened before the flight schedule but it’s also not in anyone’s interests to fly to Juba amid crisis.”

 

RwandAir’s Bombardier CRJ 900NG aircraft started lying the Juba route in October, 2013.

 

The aircraft flies to Juba every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

 

RwandAir operates regional flights to Entebbe in Uganda, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania including Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.

 

Others are Brazzaville, Dubai, Johannesburg, Lagos, Libreville and Accra.

 

Rwanda’s national carrier also plans to commence Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Douala in Cameroon next year.

 

 

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