RwandAir will begin flights to Mumbai, India in September. The airline will fly direct between Kigali and Mumbai, with a stopover in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The flight between Mumbai and Kigali 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.
“This is a big milestone for the airline as we continue to expand and open Rwanda to the world. As we introduce wide body aircraft into our fleet, Mumbai was selected to be our first long haul destination and will definitely connect the people of Rwanda and India together. We are extremely happy and very enthusiastic about the exchanges between the two countries,” said John Mirenge, RwandAir Chief Executive Officer.
Clarence Fernandes, Co-Chairman Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee, Indian Merchant’s Chamber and Representative Rwanda Development Board added: “Air connectivity is always a key factor in promoting any destination. With RwandAir providing this vital link, we can look forward to a very satisfying year ahead in terms of Indian visitors to this beautiful land of a thousand hills and a million smiles. This connectivity will also facilitate trade and investment between India and Rwanda.”
From Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines and operates one of the youngest fleets on the African continent. The airline has excellent on time performance, reaching seventeen cities in western, eastern and southern Africa and the Middle East.
RwandAir recently passed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit with flying colours, a demonstration of the airline’s commitment to operate with the highest international and industry safety standards. RwandAir is currently pursuing another certification, the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations, which will be completed by June 2016.