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RwandAir to begin flights to Kinshasa this month

by Sharon Chepngetich

RwandAir is set to launch flights to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital on 17th of April.

The National Carrier will operate three weekly direct flights from Kigali hub to N’Djili International Airport, the largest of the four international airports in DRC.

The route will be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays by a Boeing 737-800NG offering 15 seats in business class and 136 seats in economy class.

Also, in May this year, the airline plans to operate three additional night flights a week to Kinshasa with a CRJ-900NextGen offering 7 seats in business and 68 in economy class.

Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the Chief Executive of the airline speaking to a local daily, said that the development will among other things boost business ties between the DRC and Rwanda.

“This new route will support our growth and increase our footprint in Africa. We also believe the addition of Kinshasa will boost business and strengthen commercial ties between the two countries” she said.

According to DRC central bank data, the country is a strategic trading partner with Rwanda with informal exports accounting for 86.9 per cent of Kigali’s informal cross border exports.

RwandAir has in recent years been spreading its wings to new destinations as it seeks to reach previously unserved markets in a bid to drive the growth of formal trade between the countries.

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