The Rwandan national carrier will fly directly from Kigali to Cape Town International Airport, with a stop-over in Harare, four times a week from 16 May 2018.
In the press release by Rwandair, its CEO, Chance Ndagano, said: “This is yet another big milestone for RwandAir as we continue to expand our network.Our aim is to provide to our customers seamless and better connections on the continent and beyond. Abuja and Cape Town come in as a boost to the different economies in terms of tourism and trade on one hand, and enhance bilateral partnership between our countries on the other hand”.
This comes after a few weeks Kenya Airways also announced direct flights from Nairobi to Cape Town. The Cape Town Air Access initiative, a partnership between Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and South African Tourism, agrees that this will greatly assist in boosting tourism, trade and investment between the Cape and Rwanda. It will also help link the Western Cape with Zimbabwe, with a stop-over in the country’s capital.
Between 2016 and 2017, there was a 16% growth in two-way passengers between Zimbabwe and Cape Town. This was largely due to a 36% increase in two-way passengers from Victoria Falls. Harare, however, only increased by 1%. This new stop-over in the capital will therefore assist in boosting travel between Zimbabwe and the Cape significantly.