The Rwanda’s national carrier RwandAir announced on April 2nd, that the flights to Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) , the only neighbour of Rwanda in the west.This highly appreciated first flight will touch down at N’Djili International airport(FIH) on April 17,2019 and it is part of the three weekly direct flights that will be operated every Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays by a Boeing 737-800NG offering 15 seats in business class and 136 seats in economy class.
The released press statement by the airline says that In May 2019, RwandAir plans to operate three additional night flights a week to Kinshasa with a CRJ-900NextGen offering 7 seats in business and 68 in economy class to serve passengers connecting to the rest of the continent and Europe.
“We are very proud to add Kinshasa to our network and to offer both passenger and cargo services.This new route will support our growth and increase our footprint in Africa and we also believe the addition of Kinshasa will boost business and strengthen commercial ties between the two countries.”said Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the CEO of RwandAir.
The development follows the recent signing of a bilateral air service agreement(BASA) that allows RwandAir to fly to Kinshasa by officials from both countries signed in March this year in DRC.
Located approximately 25 km southeast of Kinshasa city centre,N’Djili International Airport(IATA: FIH, ICAO: FZAA) serves the city of Kinshasa and is the largest of the four international airports of DRC,It is named after the nearby N’Djili river.In June 2015, a new international terminal was opened which can service one million passengers per year. Some computerized upgrades to the arrivals terminal have been implemented in recent years.