Cotonou now second hub of RwandAir


RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda officially launched a new hub in Benin on August 1, 2017, after it was granted seventh freedom rights by the Government of Benin.

Seventh freedom right allows an airline to operate between two countries outside the home country of the airline without returning to the home country.

In September 2017, RwandAir positioned one Boeing 737-700 in Cotonou to launch its seventh freedom operation. It plans to add another aircraft in 2019.

“The launch of the Cotonou hub has allowed RwandAir to reach and serve far-off West African destinations and connect them with Central African destinations without the need to fly back to Rwanda,” said Yvonne Manzi Makolo, Chief Executive Officer.

She added that, “currently we operate to Dakar, Abidjan, Douala, Libreville and Brazzaville from our Cotonou hub, with Bamako and Conakry on the pipeline.”

The airline still operates flights from its main hub in Kigali to Cotonou and provides continuous access to East and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Currently, RwandAir reaches out to twenty-six cities.

RwandAir started operations from the Kigali hub on 1st December, 2002 under the name Rwandair Express with passenger air transportation as the core activity.

In March 2009, the airline registered a new trademark “RwandAir”, its current operating name.

RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines and operates one of the youngest and state of the art fleet on the African continent which comprises of four Boeing 737-800NG, two Boeing 737-700NG, two Bombardier CRJ900NG, two Bombardier Q-400NG all in dual class configuration and two new triple class Airbus A330s.

The aircraft have a selection of inflight entertainment where you can watch movies, listen to a variety of music or play games.

Some of RwandAir’s airplanes are equipped with Wi-Fi onboard.

The airline offers excellent customer service throughout the value chain – from booking and ticketing, to airport, onboard, and arrival.

This service is coupled with affordable prices, on-time performance and IOSA certified safety.

Customers have the opportunity to choose their meal from a variety of options ranging from baby meals to different types of special meals, including vegetarian, Hindu, Muslim, diabetic, gluten free, etc. if specified and ordered at time of booking.

In addition to offering very good and seamless connectivity for travel between these West and Central African countries, the airline also contributes in boosting tourism and trade and creating opportunities for many investors, businessmen and tourists, to explore business prospects and the beauty of the countries in the region.

RwandAir is a member airline of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and an EASA, IOSA and ISAGO certified operator.

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