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RwandAir Picks Ghana As Hub For Flights To The United States

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Rwanda’s national carrier has announced they will use ghana as hub to fly to the united states starting december the airline revealed

it has already secured authorization from the Ghanaian government to use Kataoka international airport as the last point of departure into the united states also apply to the us department of transportation for an amendment to its current US foreign air carrier permit is ongoing and the airline plans to launch scheduled services to new york

from Kigali through Accra in ghana at Accra wand air will exercise fifth freedom traffic rights as provided for in the bilateral air service agreements of both u.s and ghana with Rwanda

in the amendment it is filed the airline is seeking to be allowed to either enter a code-sharing agreement or wet lease with a properly supervised us or foreign air carrier when Rwanda successfully achieves an isa category 1 rating

the airline is asking the u.s to amend its condition to rwandaire’s economic

authority to state that rwanda air is permitted to use its own aircraft and cruise in the services to and from

the united states in addition to codeshare and wet-lease arrangements with a dually authorized and supervised us or foreign air carrier

the change of tack to allow it what lease comes barely months after claver gate wanda’s minister for infrastructure told

the east African they had concluded negotiations with Qatar airlines which will saw the latter acquire sixty percent stake in the construction of bujusara airport

According to earlier plans the a330 neos aircraft were to be deployed on long-haul routes to Guangzhou china and new york as well as boost capacity to Dubai Lagos and Johannesburg this however

seems to be futuristic given they are only two on its fleet

hence the airlines move to opt for codeshare and wet-lease options in the filing wander also reveals that it may further expand the proposed u.s services using other types of aircraft in the near future

last year it secured clearance to serve new york on code share and wet lease basis an arrangement where

one airline provides an aircraft

complete crew maintenance and insurance

to another airline

or other type of business acting as a

broker of air travel

which pays by hours operated

the airline also said that it intends to

begin operating the requested services

during winter season of december this

year

using airbus a330 type aircraft for this

route

the airline revenues continued to grow

in recent years

largely due to its expended fleet over

the last three year

which is afforded at new roots it

currently operates within africa

one destination in the middle east thus

dubai two destinations in europe

thus united kingdom and belgium and

india according to the airline

it is planning to expand its network

operations to various directions

including three routes in africa

in the coming years

rwanda has recognized air transport as

the key enabler of its development

and a vehicle to position itself to

become a regional service

tourism and conference hub to achieve

economic and social development as part

of its national development vision

the landlocked country has invested

heavily in its national carrier

airport infrastructure and capacity

building to connect the country to

markets overseas

ensure access for business professionals

and investors and create employment

the vibrant aviation sector has also

facilitates tourism in the country

which is its largest foreign exchange

earner and generates over 90 000 jobs

according to rwanda development board

the national goal is to double tourism

receipts to 1 billion dollars by 2024.

the country’s airports have over the

years had a consistent annual passenger

traffic

growth rate of 13 indicating the need to

consider the expansion of airport

facilities

the strategic transport master plan

includes investments into the

construction of the new international

airport

and the expansion and rehabilitation of

kigali international airport and two

regional airports

the bugisera international airport is

the new airport currently under

construction in the country

the 818 million dollars airport is

located 25 kilometers southeast of

kigali

feature of 4 200 meters runway and will

have a capacity for 1.8 million

passengers per annum after completion

it will become rwanda’s largest

international airport serving commercial

flights destined to and from the greater

kigali metropolitan area

when completed

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