14 Apr 2014

RwandAir to handle Air Uganda’s route to Entebbe

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Airline officials have informed us that RwandAir has presently takeover the route connecting Kigali and Entebbe which was previously operated by Uganda’s Air Uganda. This comes after the short-term suspension of all flights entering Kigali International Airport by the airline based in Uganda that chose to operate this route under a code-share with RwandAir.

In accordance with Rebecca Asiimwe, the airport supervisor of Air Uganda in Kigali, the latest arrangement which began this month is aimed at cutting down operational costs and also permitting the airline to improve its visibility on the route between Entebbe and Mogadishu.

Asimwe added that they have considered that it was a good idea to operate through a code-share agreement which they inked with RwandAir a year ago and rather concentrate on other routes until they receive enough aircrafts to serve all their routes

She went on to say that their passengers will still obtain the very same services through Rwanda’s RwandAir as per the code-share arrangement.

Tony Barigye, the communication officer of Rwanda Civil Aviation, verified this development, stating the industry watchdog was informed in regards to the arrangement by these two airlines.

This move signifies that about three hundred and thirty seven passengers who previously traveled with Air Uganda every day along the Entebbe-Kigali route are going to be traveling with RwandAir till the airline restarts operations.

Talking about the development, the chief executive officer of RwandAir John Mirenge, said that the arrangement will enable the airlines to continue marketing their destination on all their tickets just as before.

Mirenge went on to say that a profits sharing deal was eventually agreed upon.  This initiative will make sure that there is resource optimization for the two airlines.

the move of Air Uganda comes after  South African Airways decided to as well operate the Johannesburg-Kigali route beneath an identical arrangement a couple of months ago.

RwandAir is today the leading national carrier airline of the Republic of Rwanda. It offers domestic plus international services to Southern Africa, East Africa, the Middle East, Central Africa as well as West Africa from its base in Kigali International Airport Rwanda.

RwandAir commenced operations on 1st December 2002 as the latest national carrier for the Republic of Rwanda as Rwandair Express (and its primary activity was passenger air transportation), with permission to handle airport ground handling / ancillary activity at the Kigali International airport.

In March 2009, this airline licensed as a new trademark – RwandAir ltd and this is its current working name. In June the same year, the airline formally re-branded from the then ‘RwandAir Express’ to the present ‘RwandAir’, as the new name indicates a big, substantial airline, while “Express” in the old name implied a smaller regional operation. In May 2010, the CEO Rene Janata, introduced a regular flyer schedule and developed the airline to turn into a network carrier.

 

 

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