The Rwandan Parliament approved, on 10 September 2019, a bill that allows the country to sign Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) with 32 countries.

“Because of its interest in promoting trade through the use of air transport services, the Rwandan Government has entered into and signed bilateral air services agreements with the 32 countries to open new air routes to the national carrier, RwandAir, “said Claver Gatete, the Minister of Infrastructure.

The countries involved in this project are: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger , Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Togo and Zambia. But also: The Bahamas, China, Saudi Arabia, India, Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel, Qatar, Singapore, Iceland, Switzerland and Sri Lanka.

A BASA allows designated carriers of both contracting countries to operate commercial passenger and cargo flights between their countries. They also regulate the frequency, capacity, prices and other commercial aspects of air services between these countries.

Rwanda has, in the past, signed BASAs with Cape Verde, Uganda, South Sudan, Lesotho, Swaziland, Central African Republic, Canada, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.

The Express News

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