Rwanda Air gets In­dia nod

East African Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY EABW RE­PORTER

KI­GALI, RWANDA- The In­dian gov­ern­ment has en­dorsed an Air Ser­vices Agree­ment (ASA) be­tween In­dia and Rwanda to al­low the air­lines of the two coun­tries to op­er­ate ser­vices in each other’s ter­ri­tory. Rwanda’s na­tional car­rier, Rwandair an­nounced re­cently it plans to launch air ser­vices to the Asian coun­try by April 2017 with four flights per week to Mum­bai. It is not clear when the In­dian air­line would com­mence its flights to Ki­gali or how many times it would fly there.

An of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment re­lease said early in the week the In­dian Cabi­net chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, ap­proved the Agree­ment, paving way to the flight op­er­a­tion to be­gin. It is an­tic­i­pated the deal will in­crease tourism as well as busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two nations. Rwandair will serve the route with four weekly flights on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Sun­days. The air­line is set to de­ploy its re­cently ac­quired brand new fleet of A330-300 Air­bus jets, a state of the art triple class 274 wide-body seater equipped with full flat beds in busi­ness class and un­matched leg room in pre­mium econ­omy, with in-flight en­ter­tain­ment and Wi-fi as well as GSM con­nec­tiv­ity across all three classes. Last month, Rwan­dan Pres­i­dent, Paul Kagame, while on a visit to In­dia em­pha­sized his coun­try was ready to en­gage with In­dian busi­nesses and that Rwandair would im­me­di­ately com­mence flights to fa­cil­i­tate the en­gage­ment. The deal will also likely spur greater trade, in­vest­ment, tourism and cul­tural ex­change be­tween In­dia and Rwanda, bring­ing it in tune with de­vel­op­ments in the civil avi­a­tion sec­tor. Rwandair has also re­cently launched flights to Lusaka, Zam­bia and now to Harare, Zim­babwe. The air­line has to­tal of 19 des­ti­na­tions to date.

Rwandair has also re­cently launched flights to Lusaka, Zam­bia and now to Harare, Zim­babwe. The air­line has to­tal of 19 des­ti­na­tions to date.

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