RwandAir cargo expands reach with new services to Dubai and Djibouti

On 10 June 2024 at 04:08

RwandAir Cargo has announced the launch of new cargo services to Dubai and Djibouti, enhancing its mission to connect Africa with the global market.

These new routes will be operated by the airline’s dedicated freighter, the Boeing 738SF, and mark a significant milestone in the expansion of RwandAir’s cargo network.

With these additions, RwandAir’s cargo destinations will increase to seven, further supporting its growth strategy across Africa and the Middle East.

The airline aims to provide efficient and reliable connections for businesses and boost trade opportunities between Rwanda, the UAE, Djibouti, and the rest of the continent.

Yvonne Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, emphasized the importance of these new routes:

“The added destinations will support efficient and reliable connections for business and provide significant opportunities for enhanced trade between Rwanda, the UAE, Djibouti, and the rest of the continent. As a landlocked nation, we recognize the importance of air freight in Rwanda’s economic growth across Africa and beyond. Our geographic location at the heart of Africa enables us to connect every part of the continent, and we eagerly anticipate expanding this connectivity even further.”

The introduction of services to Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) marks RwandAir’s second cargo destination in the United Arab Emirates, complementing its existing operations in Sharjah. The first flight to Dubai departed from Kigali Monday, June 10, 2024.

Starting June 17, 2024, RwandAir Cargo will also commence dedicated freighter services to Djibouti, with connections via Dubai World Central and Sharjah. These flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, respectively.

Bosco Gakwaya, Director of RwandAir Cargo Services, highlighted the strategic importance of this expansion:

"Our expansion to Dubai and Djibouti strengthens RwandAir Cargo’s role as a key trade facilitator on the African continent and is well aligned with the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), transforming Kigali into a regional cargo hub.”

RwandAir plays a crucial role in Rwanda’s economy, facilitating the transportation of fresh produce, medical supplies, and other essential goods. The new destinations will enhance market reach, offering cargo services to a wider range of businesses and consumers, thereby driving the diverse and growing economy of both the country and the continent.

The airline’s continued commitment to expanding its cargo services is set to bolster Rwanda’s economic growth and strengthen its position as a vital logistics hub in Africa.

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