In a bid to cut on costs, Air Uganda has opted to operate the Kigali- Entebbe route under a code share with RwandAir, airline.
Rebecca Asiimwe, the Air Uganda airport supervisor in Kigali said that the move follows an earlier temporary suspension of flights into Kigali International Airport by the Ugandan-based airline.
Asiimwe says that Air Uganda airline would like to concentrate on strengthening its capacity on other routes. “We would like to focus on other routes until we have sufficient aircraft for all the routes,” Asiimwe said, especially the Entebbe-Mogadishu route.” She said.
The move means that about 337 passengers that hitherto travelled with Air Uganda daily on the Entebbe-Kigali route will be flying with RwandAir until the airline resumes operations
The code share agreement signed last year between the two airlines (Rwandair and Air Uganda) will also ensure that the passengers get almost the same services but Rwanda will likely to benefit from the move since it has stretched its intent of becoming a continental airline.
Today, Rwandair has been able to expand its services to more African countries and destinations in its expansion plan since last year, acquiring new jets and planes to ensure that the plan succeeds and to boost its goals of expansion in the aviation business, flying the Rwandan dream across the continent.
John Mirenge, the RwandAir chief executive officer, says that the move will allow the airlines continue to market their destination on their tickets as usual and also propel Rwandair’s plans of expansion.
The airline recently acquired a Bombardier Q400 NextGen, in addition to two brand new B737-800NG, two B737-700NG, and two Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen which makes it the operator of one of the youngest fleets in Africa.
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
The airline also serves one domestic destination at Kigali International airport, with many daily regional operations in cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro
Future RwandAir projects are aimed at enlarging the network to new routes in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
RwandAir flies across the 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