Rwanda’s national carrier resumes 70% of pre-COVID routes

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FILE PHOTO: An airplane of RwandAir bound for China’s Guangzhou taxis at Kigali International Airport in Kigali, Rwanda. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya)
FILE PHOTO: An airplane of RwandAir bound for China’s Guangzhou taxis at Kigali International Airport in Kigali, Rwanda. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya)

Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir has expressed optimism of recovery following a resumption of the majority of its routes that were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The development was announced by the airline’s CEO, Yvonne Makolo, in an exclusive interview with The New Times.

Makolo was commenting about the recently approved bilateral deals, which she said offers the national carrier an opportunity to fulfill its mission of connecting Rwanda to the rest of the world.

“I think we are doing quite well from a recovery perspective. We have so far resumed 70 percent of flights that were halted by the pandemic,” she said.

In a bid to contain the novel coronavirus, the Rwandan government in March this year closed all commercial flights flying in and out of the country. Only evacuation and cargo flights continued to operate.

Before suspending its passenger flights back in March, RwandAir was operating 29 destinations across Africa, Europe and Asia.

The decision was rescinded August 1, as flights by the national carrier resumed to few destinations under the Covid-19 containment guidelines to safeguard the health of passengers, crew and staff.

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