The flight to Goma is an addition to other DRC destinations including Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.
It is expected that RwandAir will be conducting bi-weekly flights to Goma on Monday and Wednesday.
The maiden flight to Goma on Friday saw the airline carrying 33 passengers traveling to Goma for different purposes.
Passengers expressed delight for the launch of flights to Goma noting that they will no longer use land transport in urgent situations.
Patrick Nzoloka who was among passengers flying with RwandAir to Goma said that he was would travel through Ethiopia to reach Goma in some instances. He explained that the new destination comes in handy to facilitate movements.
“I usually travel from Goma to Dubai through Addis Ababa. It is my first time flying with RwandAir from Kigali to Goma. This development will help Congolese nationals flying to different destinations particularly Nigeria, Benin and Kenya among others,” said Nzoloka.
In March 2019, Rwanda and DRC signed agreements to open airspace which saw RwandAir commencing flights to Kinshasa and vice versa.
Later in April 2019, RwandAir started operating three flights per week from Kigali International Airport to N’Djili International Airport in Kinshasa.
Recently in June 2021, both countries also signed three cooperation agreements on the promotion and protection of investments, avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion between the two countries as well as a memorandum on gold mining.
The launch of new flight to DRC is expected to further ease movements and give a significant boost to trade between both countries.
Operating from Kigali, RwandAir is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and operates one of the youngest state-of-the-art fleets on the African continent.
With a reputation for delivering a premium service to all its customers, RwandAir operates 12 aircraft with an average age of just under six years. The airline currently offers services to 25 destinations across 21 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.