Rwanda: Arrival of Qatar Airways Expected to Boost Trade
23 mars 2012
allAfrica.com - March 22, 2012
Excerpts: Qatar Airways yesterday made its maiden flight to Rwanda
The Kigali-Doha route, via Entebbe in Uganda, is one of the latest routes by the giant airliner to be operated by an Airbus A320 with a capacity to carry 144 passengers. It has 12 seats in business class.
"The coming of Qatar signals mutual development which will have a positive impact on economic growth of both countries," said Infrastructure Minister Albert Nsengiyumva who officially launched the coming of the airline.
In his remarks, the minister said the government had invested heavily in the aviation industry in response to the growing air traffic.
Among the infrastructure put in place is the new modern radar system to boost air traffic control operations.
In recent months, Qatar Airways launched new routes in Africa including Libya, Uganda, Mombasa in Kenya, Tanzania in Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
This year, South African Airways and Turkish Airlines are expected to join Qatar Airways in operating the Kigali route.