RwandAir launches direct flights to Mwanza

Second largest city in Tanzania served 3 times a week from Kigali

Kigali, 2nd of July 2012

RwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda and Africa’s fastest growing airline, launched direct flights from Kigali to Mwanza, the rock city of Tanzania today. Mwanza is the 3rd destination for the airline in Tanzania and the 14th destination in its rapidly growing network. The three weekly flights will depart from Kigali at 11:15 HRS (Local Time) and arrive in Mwanza at 13:15HRS (Local Time). The return flights depart from Mwanza at 13:45HRS (Local Time) to reach Kigali at 13:45HRS (Local Time).

In a statement to the press, RwandAir CEO John Mirenge said: "Our aim is to build a convenient network for our clients and expand our operations to key cities in the region. Mwanza doesn’t have many direct flights, as most passengers connect through Dar es Salaam. From today, we offer travelers a much more convenient product by connecting through Kigali. We are happy to offer a new alternative .

Onboard the first from Kigali to Mwanza today were many invited guests from the Diplomatic, Business, Travel and Tourism communities from both countries, Tanzania and Rwanda.

On arrival at Mwanza airport, the airline’s Commercial Director, Bert van der Stege, said: "We’re delighted to be here in Mwanza today and literally improve connections between Rwanda and Tanzania. It is now easier to visit the neighbouring country from Mwanza, do business with trade partners across the border or reach cities such as Dubai, Johannesburg, Bujumbura, Kamembe and Entebbe .

RwandAir is famous for conveniently connecting passengers through Kigali International Airport. Small in size, the airport is able to provide seamless transfers and a personalized service that make connecting through the heart of Africa a great alternative for passengers.

RwandAir is the first airline to offer the new direct flights between Mwanza and Kigali. At present no other airline offers flights between Tanzania and Rwanda. The new flights operate from Kigali every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday with a Bombardier Dash8 -200 aircraft with a 37 passenger seating capacity.

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About Mwanza

Mwanza is the capital city of Mwanza region on the shores of Lake Victoria in northwestern Tanzania. With over 800,000 inhabitants, Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania and a main business centre for regions around Lake Victoria and neighbouring countries of Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. The city is surrounded by rocky hills dotted with massive granite boulders. Mwanza and other regions around Lake Victoria are rich in minerals and precious metals. Outside of Mwanza, small farms dot a rolling, semi-arid savannah. Local industries include fishing, textiles, bottling and light manufacturing. Despite its size, Mwanza city centre is compact and easy to navigate on foot.

About RwandAir

Operating from Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir is the fastest growing airline on the African continent. RwandAir’s fleet currently consists of four Boeing 737 aircraft and one Bombardier Dash-200 series. Two brand new CRJ900 regional jets are on order from Bombardier, scheduled to arrive in October this year with an option of a further two in 2013. RwandAir serves two Domestic destinations, all the East African capitals and many regional cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Mwanza with daily flights. The airline also serves Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville. More destinations on the African continent will be added in November 2012.