Lubumbashi and Kigali have never been closer. As of today, the national airline of the Republic of Rwanda, Fly RwandAir organizes two flights between the capital of the Congolese province of Haut-Katanga and the Rwandan capital.
The inaugural flight landed on Wednesday 29 September 2021 at Luano International Airport in Lubumbashi around 12 local hours.
Special witnesses of the event: the Rwandan Ambassaeur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vincent Karega and the Provincial Transport Commissioner of Haut-Katanga, Robert Kawisa.
On occasion, Fly RwandAir officials said that two flights Lubumbashi-Kigali and Kigali-Lubumbashi will now be organised every week. Founded in 2002 as RwandAir Express, Rwanda’s national airline was born from the ashes of Alliance Express, a subsidiary of the South African group Alliance Air.
The Rwandan government holds 77% of the shares and 23% is held by the cargo subsidiary, Silverback Freighters.
Since April 2018, the company has been headed by Chief Executive Officer Yvonne Makolo.
Rwandair offers daily or weekly flights to the following destinations: Abidjan; Accra; Addis Abeba; Brazzaville; Brussels; Bujumbura; Cotonou; Dakar; Dar Es Salaam; Douala; Dubai; Entebbe; Harare; Johannesburg(South Africa); Juba; Kamembe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro; Kinshasa; Lagos; Libreville; Cape Town; London-Gatwick Lusaka; Mombasa; Bombay; Nairobi; Harare; Bamako and Lubumbashi.