Rwandair has introduced new direct flights from the capital Kigali in Rwanda to Juba in South Sudan as they consolidate their presence in the African market.
Rwanda’s national carriers will start its tri-weekly flights to Juba International Airport on September 21, 2013 according to the statement by John Mirenge, the airline’s chief executive officer.
Mirenge said that all operational issues that had earlier delayed the launch of Juba flights have been resolved.
The airline’s head of corporate communications, Robert Nsinga said the airline will fly the Bombardier CRJ 900NG— 75 seats aircraft bought in November last year to Juba every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
He said Juba route will be RwandAir’s 15th destination since 2009.
The senior manager in charge of the eastern route, Alice Katiti said a return ticket will cost $350.
RwandAir operates a fleet that consist four Boeing 737 series aircraft and one Bombardier Dash-200 series and two new Bombardier CRJ-900 airplanes.
It is set to acquire another Q400 and introduce a business class on the domestic route in 2014.
The new direct flights to Juba add to Rwandair’s current regional flights to Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya, Entebbe in Uganda, Bujumbura-Burundi, as well as Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The airline also operates to Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Libreville,Brazzaville and Dubai.
The airline also plans to start other direct flights to Douala in Cameroon and Abidjan in Ivory Coast this year.