RwandaAir adds holiday capacity on new direct route between Kigali and Cape Town

2018-11-28 10:06
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RwandAir has increased capacity following popular demand between Kigali-Harare & Cape Town. 

The airline will increase capacity between 28 November 2018 and 14 January 2019, introducing an Airbus A330-200 to support an additional 88 seats per flight. The  increase is in response to increased market demand for the upcoming festive season only.

Operating every second day of the week, the increase in capacity - which includes the introduction of 20 premium economy seats - takes the total passengers per flight from 151 to 239.

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Thembela Dladla, Country Manager for RwandAir South Africa says, "The A330-200 consists of three cabins: Business Class with full lie-flat seats, an excellent Premium Economy cabin, and economy class. Also available on our A330-200 is full on-board connectivity including Wi-Fi and GSM capabilities, as well as duty free. The RwandAir fare offering continues to be competitive and ideal for those travelling as families this festive season.” 

RwandAir launched the four times a week service with competitive price options, operated by a Bombardier CRJ-900, on 16 May 2018, making it the first airline to introduce a direct flight between the Zimbabwean capital and the Mother City. 

READ: Cape Town Air Access celebrates 13 new routes and 14 expansions since 2015

As a result Harare saw a 46% growth in two-way passengers between June and July 2018, compared to a 1% growth during the same period in 2017, according to the Cape Town Air Access, apartnership between the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism, Airports Company South Africa and private sector partners.

“The fact that there is already such a demand on this newly launched route that it requires a seasonal expansion, highlights the potential for trade and tourism opportunities that exists across Africa. This also highlights the importance of a project like Air Access in ensuring that Cape Town is easily accessible, connecting people to those opportunities,” says Beverley Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities.

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