RwandAir launches bi-weekly flights to Bangui

On 3 February 2021 at 12:25

Rwanda’s national flight carrier, RwandAir has launched flights to Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) capital where it will conduct bi-weekly flights.

The development has been announced by the carrier in a message posted on Twitter handle. “Today, we welcome Bangui to our network,” reads the message.

The CEO of RwandAir, Yvonne Makolo has recently told IGIHE that RwandAir will reach CAR through Douala in Cameroon.

Previously, it was a complicated process to fly to Bangui. For instance, a passenger departing from Kigali with RwandAir would land to Kampala, Uganda for at least 30 minutes before resuming the flight to Kenya. Upon arrival in Kenya, a passenger would depart with Kenya Airways to reach M’poko airport in Bangui.

Rwanda and CAR have been for long enjoying cordial relations whereby Rwanda is helping the country engulfed by wars to restore peace. Rwandan troops have been deployed to CAR peacekeeping mission since 2014. On 20th December 2020, Rwanda deployed more special forces to CAR under existing bilateral cooperation signed in 2019.

CAR covers a land area of about 620,000 square kilometres and has an estimated population of around 4.7 million. As of 2020, the country is the scene of a civil war, ongoing since 2012.

The Central African Republic’s economy is based primarily on subsistence agriculture, with important mining and timber industries the main source of export earnings. Diamonds are the country’s most profitable export, while agriculture occupies most of its working population.

Farmers grow cotton, coffee, and tobacco for export and crops for local markets, but economic development is handicapped by the CAR’s landlocked position, limited infrastructure, and the low education of its work-force. Poor government management and political instability have further weakened the CAR’s economic condition.

The informal sector is important in the CAR, accounting for most economic activity and a large share of the diamond trade.

CAR has had a turbulent economic history. Since gaining independence in 1960, the economy has endured intermittent periods of economic decline caused in part by poor management.

The opening of flights presents a huge market opportunity for businesspersons as the country heavily depends on imports.

RwandAir has launched flights to Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) capital where it will conduct bi-weekly flights.