The agreement was signed on Saturday 25th June 2022 as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) drew to the end in Kigali.
The agreement signed between Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, dr. Vincent Biruta and his counterpart of Canada, Mélanie Joly; will see Air Canada and RwandAir allowed to use each country’s airspace.
“The signing of the Canada-Rwanda Air Transport Agreement will encourage tourism and even more business between our two countries,” Mélanie revealed via Twitter handle after signing the agreement.
On the same day, Canada signed similar agreements with Cameroon in Kigali.
These agreements will facilitate the development of Canada’s air transport market with both partners by Canadian carriers and, respectively, carriers of Rwanda and Cameroon.
These ATAs are expected to improve connectivity to new and existing destinations, which benefit passengers and businesses.
It has been reported that Canada’s ATAs with Rwanda and Cameroon offer an open and flexible regime for code-share services.
The signature of the ATA by Canada and Rwanda/Cameroon, followed by its ratification, will provide legal certainty and predictability for air carriers and further strengthen the bilateral air transport relationship with Rwanda and Cameroon.
These ATAs were applied administratively pending signature and ratification.
Air Canada was established in 1964. It currently operates flights to more than 200 destinations.
Rwanda has signed similar agreements with over 110 countries across the world.