RwandAir to launch non-stop service between London Heathrow and Kigali


RwandAir has announced that it will launch direct flights between London Heathrow and its hub in Kigali from November 6, 2022.  

The new service will replace its current schedule to the UK capital, which has been operated via Brussels for the last five years, the Rwandan flag carrier said in a statement published on its website.  

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“We are excited to be launching direct flights to London, which are on sale from today, due to the popularity of our current services,” said Yvonne Makolo CEO of RwandAir.

“The UK is an incredibly important market for us, and we know our customers will value the shorter flight times and increased connections that will be offered by the new service,” Makolo added.

The new non-stop service to London Heathrow will be operated by the airline’s “state-of-the-art” A330 fleet four times a week. This is an increase from the airline’s current indirect thrice-weekly operation, the airline said.

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RwandAir’s new weekly UK flight schedule  

The airline will operate flights from Kigali every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 23:35, which will arrive in London at 06:20 the following morning, the airline explained.  

Return flights will depart London Heathrow at 20:30 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and arrive at RwandAir’s home hub at 07:00 the following morning.  

According to the airline, its new schedule will allow for easy connections through Kigali and onto destinations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.   

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RwandAir first launched flights between Kigali and London Gatwick in May 2017, operating flights through Brussels. These were later changed to London Heathrow in 2020.  

Today, the airline flies to 28 destinations across East, Central, West, and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.   

RwandAir operates a fleet of 12 aircraft, comprised of two B737-700NGs, two Bombardier CRJ-900 NextGens, two Bombardier Q-400 Next Gens, four Boeing 737-800NGs, one Airbus A330–200 and one Airbus A330–300.

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