Rwanda’s National carrier, Rwandair, will begin three weekly flights on the Brussels-Kigali route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays effective Oct 31.
Initially, Rwandair flew to London and then to Brussels, but passengers on the route were required to have a UK transit visa.
Acting CEO, Chance Ndagano, told local media that the Brussels direct flights will cater for non-Schengen citizens who were required to have a UK transit visa in order to go through Gatwick Airport, London heading to Brussels.
Ndagano said the new schedule will improve Rwandair’s customers’ experience boarding from Brussels while maintaining the schedule from London with only one stop in Brussels.
London-bound passengers will now pass via Zaventem Airport in Brussels and will not need a Schengen transit visa as they will be required to stay onboard the aircraft.
RwandAir is operating this route with its state of the art Airbus A330 fleet; triple class cabin planes with in-flight connectivity, connecting Kigali-Brussels–Gatwick route to its African footprints through Kigali International Airport.
RwandAir is expected to spread its wings to New York and more Asian destinations. Conakry in Guinea, Bamako, Mali, Lilongwe in Malawi, and Durban in South Africa are on the list of more footprints.
In total, Rwandair will thus have 33 destinations, adding to the existing 24 of Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Mumbai, Harare, Lusaka, Juba, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Cotonou, Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville.