L-R: Eng. H. Musa,

Aviation Ministry Representative from Nigeria, Infrastructure Minister Albert Nsengiyumva, Amb. Joseph Habineza and Defence Minister James Kabarebe. The New Tmes /Courtesy photo

RwandAir, the national carrier, yesterday, launched direct flights to Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria and West Africa.

Lagos becomes the 13th destination to join the airline’s rapidly growing network and the fourth new destination this year in the wake of the domestic Gisenyi route, Brazzaville,  Congo and Libreville, Gabon.

The colourful ceremony to inaugurate the flight was held in Abuja at a gala dinner that was attended by senior Rwandan government officials, business community and government officials from Nigeria, among other guests.

The three weekly flights will depart from Kigali at 0830HRS (Local Time) and arrive in Lagos at 1140HRS (Local Time). The return flights depart from Lagos at 1330HRS (Local Time) to reach Kigali at 1840HRS (Local Time).

Speaking at the event, RwandAir CEO, John Mirenge, said that the Lagos route is part of the airlines commitment and plans to continue exploring the westward network expansion drive.

“At the beginning of the year, we made a commitment to expand our network with a focus on Central and West Africa. Lagos for us is an exciting addition to our network and we know the destination will have very positive contributions to the already existing network. We are pleased to make this our first West African destination,” he added.

Mirenge further stated that the Nigerian Aviation Authorities had been very cooperative and responsive to RwandAir’s request to fly to Lagos.

“From the time we declared our intentions to fly to Lagos, the Nigerian government and aviation authorities have been very swift and quick in welcoming us,” he said.

Albert Nsengiyumva, the Minister of Infrastructure, revealed that aviation experts predicted that Lagos is poised to become an airline mega city in the next 20 years with the ability to handle over 10,000 passengers per day.

« Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, and Nigeria should be our number one partner in revolutionizing this sector,” he noted.

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