• Chidozie Uzoezie

RwandAir Expands Partnership with Brussels Airlines

RwandAir is expanding its partnership with Brussels Airlines to include cooperation in marketing and selling routes they operate as well as in technical matters, including synchronisation of schedules.

The development is one of the agreements sealed on the sidelines of the just concluded Aviation Africa 2017 conference held in Kigali, Rwanda.

RwandAir chief executive John Mirenge told The New Times that the two airlines have had a successful code sharing agreement which they were looking to expand.

The original codeshare agreement allows RwandAir to sell tickets as well as allowing its customers to book seats on flights operated by Brussels Airlines and vice versa.

Other aspects of the newly forged partnership include cooperating on technical matters that will see RwandAir gain more comparative advantage as it seeks to serve more African destinations.

RwandAir plans to enter more markets, including Mumbai and Harare, beginning April this year. It also plans to also plans to launch services to London and the US.

Last year, the airline launched flights to Cotonou in Benin and Abidjan in Ivory Coast as part of its strategy to expand its footprint and enhance connectivity in West Africa.

Currently, RwandAir flies to 19 destinations, including Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Lusaka, Juba, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Cotonou, Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville.

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