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RwandAir Cargo expands network to Dubai and Djibouti



RwandAir Cargo has announced new services to Dubai and Djibouti, expanding its cargo network to seven destinations. The routes will be operated by the dedicated freighter B738SF. “The new routes will support RwandAir’s continued expansion across Africa and the Middle East,” said an official release. Yvonne Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, emphasized, “These added destinations will enhance trade between Rwanda, the UAE, Djibouti, and the rest of the continent. As a landlocked nation, air freight is crucial for Rwanda’s economic growth. Our central location in Africa allows us to connect every part of the continent, and we eagerly anticipate expanding this connectivity.”


The addition of Dubai World Central Airport marks RwandAir’s second cargo destination in the UAE after Sharjah. The first flight departed from Kigali on June 10, 2024. RwandAir Cargo will also begin dedicated freighter service to Djibouti, connecting via Dubai World Central and Sharjah, starting June 17, 2024. Flights will operate twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays.


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, aligning with the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and transforming Kigali into a regional cargo hub.” RwandAir supports the transportation of fresh produce, medical supplies, and other essential goods.

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