RwandAir has inaugurated its maiden flight to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with 30 passengers on board Boeing 737-700 aircraft from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.
Ibiyemi Odusi, the airline’s Country Manager, Nigeria, said in a statement that the commencement of Abuja-Kigali route was part of the airline’s determination to expand its business to the nation’s capital.
She expressed optimism that the airline would be able to achieve 80 to 85 percent load factor on the Abuja route through efficient service delivery, adding that the airline had decided to give the diplomatic community and government officials the opportunity to experience direct flights to Kigali and other parts of the world through the destination.
She said that Rwandair would be operating four times weekly flight to and from Abuja – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, unlike Lagos where it operates daily flights.
“We have been in Niger since 2012 but this is significant for us because it is something that has been on our minds before now, but we have made it happened.
“All this while, the diplomatic community, government officials probably have been segregated because they have not been able to enjoy RwandAir.
“This is because most people won’t have the luxury of start going through Lagos, but effective today, they can fly seamlessly without having to go to Lagos.
Odusi said the airline was aware of the competition in the industry, adding RwandAir’s unique selling point would stand it out such as its safety record and on-time performance.
The Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Stanislas Kamanzi, said the new route was a product of the long-standing friendship between Nigeria and Rwanda, adding that the Abuja-Kigali route would deepen trade relationship between the two countries.