The goal of flying Rwanda’s dream to the heart of Africa is now insight with Rwanda’s national airlines adding Douala, Cameroon destination to its ambitious expanding network on the continent.
The new and 16th destination was unveiled on April 27th 2014, with the maiden flight leaving Kigali to Douala; a journey that has excited the airline officials and bring hope to Rwanda’s business community.
Initially the maiden trip was scheduled for March 30th, 2014, and planned for four weekly flights departing Kigali every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
RwandAir has known an incredible success across their West African destinations of Accra, Libreville, Brazzaville, Lagos, and the addition of Douala as its 5th destination in the region makes their presence as a major competitor felt by all other airlines.
John Mirenge, the RwandAir chief executive officer says that with Doula, Rwanda’s business community will be opened to the West African market and more opportunity for doing business in the region.
Mirenge also revealed that the airline plans on expanding this opportunity to more countries in this region with planned flights to Abidjan in Ivory Coast, which will link Kigali to Libreville in Gabon, Douala and Abidjan.
Recently the airline also took over from Air Uganda, the responsibility of taking care of passenger traveling the Kigali-Entebbe destination adding to its reputation of appropriately connecting travelers through Kigali International Airport.
Apparently, in its ambitious expansion plans, the airline, targets to operate 25 routes in the coming five years, with Mumbai, India route to set to be launched this year.
Operating from Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent. RwandAir’s fleet now consists of four Boeing 737 series aircraft and one Bombardier Dash-200 series. Two brand new Bombardier CRJ-900 NextGen regional jets arrived in November of 2012, and the next acquisition is confirmed to be the Q400 that will introduce business class to domestic routes, starting February of 2014.
RwandAir serves one domestic destination, many regional cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro. The airline also serves Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Accra, Douala and Juba in South Soudan, Libreville and Brazzaville. Abidjan in Ivory Coast is also planned for 2014. Cameroun: nouvelle destination de RwandAir.
Apparently, government has boosted the airline’s operations injecting funds from its bonds (worth $400 million) , to finance the ongoing modernization and expansion of the Kigali International Airport- which has a new departure lounge that will be five times more than the size of the previous facility – and set to be complete by July this year.
Rwanda’s government was and continues to be instrumental for the airline’s future growth and part of the funds raised from a Eurobond (part of Rwf350 million) were dedicated to help finance the acquisition of new aircraft, clearly demonstrating the country’s commitment to create an airline hub in Kigali and connecting the African continent from East to South to West – and to Dubai.