Qatar Airways to Resume Kigali Flights

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By Denise Tuyishime

Passengers and local businesses that have been dealing with Qatar airways can start smiling again, The Middle-East based carrier will resume its activities in Rwanda effective Friday September 1.

On July 3, Qatar officials announced the suspension of its direct flights in Kigali until September due to ‘operational issues.

In the meantime, Qatar airways had maintained it’s connecting to the rest of the world through Iran and Turkey after countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt had blocked its planes from using their airspace.

Since the carrier suspended flights in Kigali, passengers pass through Entebbe and Nairobi to connect to Doha, either by Rwanda or Kenya Airways.

“Qatar Airways resumes Rwanda service, from 01st September 2017. Doha-Entebbe-Kigali- DOH Aircraft: A330-200 (from 1st to 30 September), A320 (from 01 November 2017),” announced Rwandan Aviation in a tweet.

Qatar had been operating in Rwanda since 2012 and Kigali has been contributing 40 and 60 passengers on average.

The Carrier had made business partners along the operations in Rwanda including Lemigo, a 3 star hotel in Kigali which had been accommodating Qatar staff.

Since Qatar announced the suspension, some businesses started counting losses. The five-star airline had planned to invest nearly US$50billion (equivalent to 270 new airplanes) in nine years.









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