RwandAir's new CPT-HRE-KGL flight takes off
16 May 2018 - by Hilka Birns
Rwanda and Zimbabwe have established the first air link between Kigali, Harare and Cape Town.
RwandAir’s first flight from Kigali via Harare landed in Cape Town on May 16, made possible by the Zimbabwean government granting Fifth Freedom rights to the Rwandan flag carrier. This allows the airline to carry passengers from Kigali to Harare, and drop off and pick up passengers there before continuing to Cape Town; and doing the same on the return leg.
RwandAir will initially serve the route four times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) using a Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen two-class 75-seat regional jet. SA Country Manager, Thembela Dladla, says, depending on demand, the airline will increase services and upgrade to a B737-800 on the route at certain times of the year. At the moment, flight WB110 departs Kigali at 08h20, arrives in Harare at 11h00 for a 40-minute stopover (pax remain on board) to arrive in Cape Town at 14h45. Flight WB111 departs Cape Town at 16h00 to arrive in Harare at 19h00, leaving again at 19h45 to arrive in Kigali at 22h30.
Gavin Simpson, ceo of Holiday Aviation (RwandAir’s GSA), says RwandAir’s offices for reservations, ticketing, sales and support services at Cape Town International Airport are fully operational and a Cape Town sales manager has been appointed.
Cape Town is the 26th destination on RwandAir’s route network, which spans Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia in support of a growing Rwandan economy. Fifth Freedom flights from Kigali via Abuja to Accra were introduced three weeks ago. Flights to Bamako in Mali and Conakry in Guinea are to follow soon. A service to New York’s JFK International Airport is planned in 2019. Guangzhou in China is also on the cards, subsequent to the delivery of a third Airbus A330 later this year.