RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, is set to fly non-stop from Brussels to Kigali, commencing October 31, 2017. Flights from Brussels (BRU) to Kigali (KGL) will no longer operate via London (LGW), which will eliminate the requirement for the non-Schengen citizens to hold a UK transit visa, and to disembark for re-screening at London Gatwick Airport.
The new schedule was made possible through negotiations with Gatwick Airport for an earlier slot out of London, enabling RwandAir’s aircraft to return to Brussels ahead of the jet ban.
“We are confident that the new schedule will improve the experience of our clients boarding from Brussels, while maintaining our schedule from London with only one stop in Brussels,” commented RwandAir acting CEO, Chance Ndagano.
Passengers embarking from London Gatwick will stay on board at Zaventem Airport in Brussels and will not need a Schengen transit visa.
RwandAir’s Airbus A330s are configured in three classes with inflight connectivity and will continue to operate the Brussels-London Gatwick route, offering onward connections from Kigali to numerous destinations on the African continent.
Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is a pioneer in eco-tourism, funding conservation projects, such as mountain gorilla protection in the steamy forests of Volcano National Park. Trekking to see these endangered primates is the main attraction in Rwanda, where the famous zoologist Dian Fossey studied the great apes and inspired the Hollywood movie “Gorillas in the Mist”. As a country rich in biodiversity, Rwanda is recognized for addressing large-scale challenges in conservation. Recently, Rwanda has become one of the three East African countries that offer tourists a ‘Big 5’ experience, having reintroduced both lions and eastern black rhinoceros into Akagera National Park. Such bold measures have undoubtedly positioned Rwanda throughout the world as a role model in conservation within Africa.
Headquartered in Kigali International Airport, RwandAir is reputed for its excellent on-time performance, customer service and safety. RwandAir is an IATA member airline, with IOSA, ISAGO and EASA certification. It operates one of the youngest fleets on the African continent of twelve aircraft including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, RwandAir’s current route network spans 26 destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Earlier this year, RwandAir launched intercontinental flights to Mumbai, Harare, London (Gatwick), and Brussels, and regionally, to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its new hub in Cotonou, and will also start operations to Bamako, Conakry, and Dakar from the same hub, in October this year. Later this year, the airline’s ever growing network will expand to Guangzhou, in China and in 2018, RwandAir plans to make a debut on the U.S. market, offering flight service to New York.
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