Rwanda-India cooperation is set to be strengthened as RwandaAir flights will soon be launched to Mumbai as indicated in a joint statement of Rwanda-India relations after President Paul Kagame’s visit to India from 9th to 11th January 2017.
“India welcomed the initiative of a direct RwandAir flight from Kigali to Mumbai. Both sides continue to work on concluding a Bilateral Air Services Agreement and an agreement for the exemption of visa for diplomatic and official passport holders,” reads the statement in part.
At the beginning of Vibrant Gujarat Summit which president Kagame attended on 10th January 2017, he welcomed increased private sector investments from India, highlighting progress in business and investment climate, that makes Rwanda a competitive and conducive environment to do business.
RwandAir recently bought the largest airbus in the region allowing for longer flights and available seats for passengers.
The bid to launch flights to India was unveiled by the CEO of RwandaAir, John Mirenge as soon he received the company’s largest Airbus 330-300 called “Umurage” (Legacy).
He highlighted the Airbus 330-300 which was bought at more than USD 280 million will enable RwandaAir to open more flights in various parts of the World.
“In 2017, we want to launch flights in America, New York, London and Mumbai in India. In Africa we will fly to Harare in Zimbabwe, Lilongwe in Malawi, Conakry and Bamako,” he said.
The launch of RwandaAir flights to India was also discussed between the Indian Minister in charge of Civil Aviation and Rwanda’s ambassador to India, Ernest Rwamucyo.
Before the launch of RwandaAir flights to India, a passenger flying to India was supposed to pass through a long trajectory taking off from Kigali to respectively land at Entebbe airport in Uganda, Nairobi in Kenya and In Addis Ababa of Ethiopia before reaching Asia.