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About RwandAir

RwandAir is the national flag carrier airline of Rwanda. It was established in 2002 and has its headquarters in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. RwandAir operates scheduled passenger and cargo flights to various destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

RwandAir operates a fleet of modern aircraft, including Airbus A330s, Airbus A320s, and Bombardier CRJ series aircraft. These planes provide a range of seating configurations and services to cater to different travel needs. The airline has consistently expanded its fleet to accommodate its growing network.

The airline’s network includes both domestic and international destinations. Domestically, RwandAir connects Kigali with cities within Rwanda, such as Kamembe and Cyangugu. Internationally, it serves major cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Dubai, Mumbai, Brussels, and London, among others.

RwandAir aims to offer a high-quality travel experience to its passengers. The airline provides different cabin classes, including Economy Class, Premium Economy Class, and Business Class, ensuring comfort and convenience for travelers.

As the national carrier, RwandAir plays a crucial role in promoting tourism and business in Rwanda. The airline has received several awards and recognition for its service quality, safety, and contribution to the aviation industry.

RwandAir also has partnerships and codeshare agreements with other airlines, enabling passengers to access a wider range of destinations and enjoy seamless connections.

2021 Update: The airline suspended a number of routes as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Despite still not operating to full pre-COVID capacity, many of these routes have now relaunched.


Destinations

RwandAir flies to a number of destinations, with many connections from Rwanda:

Domestic Destinations

Domestically, the airline flies to/from Cyangugu and Kigali, in Rwanda.

 

CITY AIRPORT IATA
Cyangugu Kamembe Airport KME
Kigali Kigali International Airport KGL

International Destinations

The airline operates international flights to countries including: Belgium, Benin, Israel, India, Ethiopia, United Kingdom, the UAE, South Africa and Nigeria, among other countries in Africa and Europe.

The following is a list of pre-Covid international destinations. Some routes were suspended during the pandemic, and are in the process of being resumed. You can use the search form at the top of the page to begin searching to flights to see what airlines are available.

 

COUNTRY CITY AIRPORT IATA
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport BRU
Benin Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport COO
Burundi Bujumbura Bujumbura International Airport BJM
Cameroon Douala Douala International Airport DLA
China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport CAN
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa N’djili Airport FIH
Gabon Libreville Libreville International Airport LBV
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport ACC
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport BOM
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport TLV
Ivory Coast Abidjan Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport ABJ
Kenya Mombasa Moi International Airport MBA
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport NBO
Nigeria Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport ABV
Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport LOS
Republic of the Congo Brazzaville Maya-Maya Airport BZV
Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport DSS
South Africa Cape Town Cape Town International Airport CPT
Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport JNB
South Sudan Juba Juba International Airport JUB
Tanzania Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport DAR
Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro International Airport JRO
Uganda Entebbe Entebbe International Airport EBB
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport DXB
United Kingdom London Gatwick Airport LGW
Zambia Lusaka Kenneth Kaunda International Airport LUN
Zimbabwe Harare Harare International Airport HRE

 


Baggage

Cabin baggage is baggage that is not checked-in to the hold of the aircraft but is kept in the cabin under the passenger’s custody. It is carried free of charge if falling within the free allowance. The passenger shall store the cabin baggage in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of him/her

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers receive a baggage allowance of one piece of carry-on baggage, which must not exceed a maximum dimension of 22″ x 15″ x 8″ (55cm x 38cm x 20cm) and within 21lbs (10kg). For flights to and from Johannesburg, passengers will only receive an allowance of 15lbs (7kg), due to the restrictions of the local authority.

All carry-on baggage will be subject to size and weight checks by the airline check-in agents. Any baggage exceeding the limit will be asked to check-in the item.

The following items may be carried free of charge by all passengers except infants overcoats, blankets, umbrellas, handbags, reading material, a small camera, a small laptop or a collapsible baggage trolley.

A fully collapsible invalid’s wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches provided that the passenger is dependent on them.
When a baby carrycot is carried, lightweight articles such as bedding, diapers, feeding bottles and sufficient food for the journey may be carried free provided the total weight does not exceed 12 kilograms.

Checked Baggage

RwandAir provides extra baggage carriage-services for its clients who travel on the airline’s network. The carriage services come at a cost which varies from destination to destination, region to region, and/or destination to region, or vice versa as well as the type of aircraft being used. The excess baggage policy will serve as the basis for rates applicable in each region to the entire network.

This policy follows the standard checked-in baggage allowance which is as follows:

Two pieces of baggage with a maximum weight of 23kg each in Economy Class.

Two pieces of baggage with a maximum weight of 32kg per piece in Premium Economy.

Three pieces of baggage with a maximum weight of 23kg per piece in Business Class.

Fleet

The RwandAir fleet includes a fleet of Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, A330-900neo, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737 Max 8, Bombardier CRJ900ER and De Havilland Dash 8-Q400 aircraft.

 


Hub Airport

RwandAir is based at Kigali International Airport (formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, but sometimes referred to as Kanombe International Airport, which is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country, and in addition, serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Airlines that fly from and to Kigali International Airport include Turkish AirlinesQatar AirwaysCoastal Aviation and Ethiopian Airlines.

 

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