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RwandAir set on making Kigali a hub to boost regional service

RwandAir plans to develop its regional route network by making Kigali International Airport a central hub. RwandAir CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo has spoken about increasing the airline's operations with new aircraft, new regional routes, and a new focus on cargo operations. With Rwanda located at the heart of Africa, Kigali Airport can be developed into a central hub for African destinations and as an alternative to East-African airports.

Although RwandAir has a growing international route network serving London, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, and Mumbai, regional routes have proved to be the most profitable for the carrier. CEO Manzi Makolo: "Rwanda is lucky to be strategically placed right in the heart of Africa, and given the opportunities within the African continent, it's still a completely underserved area, we believe there's a lot of opportunity to really connect African countries with each other. We have a lot of fifth-freedom flights as well, and as we develop them, we move them to point-to-point flights. So as I said, it's worked well. And we continue operating in that way, starting with return flights and then building them out to direct flights.”


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