RwandAir Cargo launches new routes to Dubai and Djibouti

RwandAir Cargo is expanding its network with new services to Dubai and Djibouti, utilising its dedicated B737-8SF freighter. This move aligns with the airline’s mission to enhance connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world.

The new routes will expand RwandAir’s cargo network to seven destinations, furthering their growth in freighter services across Africa and the Middle East. Yvonne Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, emphasised the significance of these additions: “The added destinations will support efficient and reliable connections for business and provide significant opportunities for enhanced trade between Rwanda, the UAE, Djibouti, and the rest of the continent.”

She also highlighted the strategic importance of air freight for Rwanda’s economic development, noting the country’s central location in Africa as a key advantage for expanding connectivity.

The introduction of services to Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) marks RwandAir’s second cargo destination in the UAE, following Sharjah. The inaugural flight departed from Kigali today. Additionally, starting June 17, 2024, RwandAir Cargo will begin dedicated freighter services to Djibouti, with flights operating twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, connecting via DWC and Sharjah.

Bosco Gakwaya, Director of RwandAir Cargo Services, stated: “Our expansion to Dubai and Djibouti strengthens RwandAir Cargo’s role as a key trade facilitator on the African continent and is well aligned with the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), transforming Kigali into a regional cargo hub.”

RwandAir plays a crucial role in Rwanda’s economy by transporting fresh produce, medical supplies, and other essential goods, thereby driving economic growth. The new routes will extend their market reach, offering cargo services to a broader range of businesses and consumers.