Rwandair’s inaugural flight from Kigali, with a stopover in Cotonou, arrived Tuesday at 18:50 (local Gmt) at the international airport Leopold Sedar Senghor of Dakar.
“This flight is a noble action, it reflects the will of the two heads of state to bring the two countries closer together and to insert new pages of their cooperation”, said the ambassador of Rwanda in Senegal, stressing that it constitutes also “a very strong signal for the cooperation between our two countries”.
He also urged Africa to defend its dignity by focusing on South-South cooperation.
According to Fiacre Rwamucyo, Director of the hub of RwandAir Cotonou, Dakar is the 24th destination of Rwandair which will before the end of November launch lines on Bamako and Conakry which will be served from its Cotonou hub.
“Dakar will allow our base to grow and build bilateral ties between Dakar and Kigali. China will be served before the end of 2017 and the US in 2018,” he said.
The technical advisor to the Ministry of Air Transport and Airport Infrastructure, Cheikh Ndiaye, welcomed this innovation, stressing that “Rwandair highlights the existing demand of the line, ie its profitability and its sustainability”.
Dakar will be served with three weekly flights on Cotonou SUB-HUB via Abidjan, and will be added to the other 20 destinations of the Rwanda national airline, the source said.
From Dakar, Rwanda Air will serve other destinations such as Libreville (Gabon), Douala (Cameroon), Brazzaville (Congo), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dubai (UAE), Bombay the very close opening of the Bamako (Mali) services. RwandAir will now have a permanent stop in Dakar.
RwandAir is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a certified operator of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO). ‘
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