RwandAir Will Host Continental Aviation Summit

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By Daniel Sabiiti

RwandAir will be the host airline of the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) scheduled to take place at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda from 12th to the 14th November 2017.

Recommended for its ambitious aviation strategies and expansion plans, Rwanda will host the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) scheduled to take place at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda from 12 – 14 November 2017.

Five major international aviation events that include Aviation Africa 2017 started taking place in Rwanda’s capital Kigali from February 22-23rd 2017 with more than 2700 aviation experts from Africa in February.

Rwanda will also host the Africa Airport Summit  and Global Africa Investment Summit, and Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa(FARA) scheduled before end November this year.

The AFRAA AGA is the premier gathering of senior global aviation executives in Africa. Annually, the AGA brings together global aviation leaders and stakeholders to take stock of aviation milestones and plan the future for the development of African aviation.

“The AGA will discuss issues on the development of air transport in Africa in general and development opportunities for African airlines in particular. Air transport in Africa is an economic bridge – linking people, goods and capital to markets and industries and integrating the vast continent,” said AFRAA Secretary General, Dr. Elijah Chingosho.

Aviation experts, exhibitions by renowned aviation companies and keynote speakers are expected to share their global experience at the conferences which will take place at the Kigali Convention Center (KCC) but Rwanda will also project the growing strength of its aviation sector.

Some of the confirmed sponsors include: Accelya & Mercator, Airbus, Amadeus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, Nexus, RwandAir and civil aviation authorities, airport companies, air navigation services providers as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, component suppliers, and many other service providers.

Acting CEO of RwandAir, Chance Ndagano in a statement said; “hosting the event in Rwanda, presented an excellent opportunity to strengthen aviation in the country and further promotes the tourism sector”.

He stated that hosting the event in Rwanda, presented an excellent opportunity to strengthen aviation in the country and further promotes the tourism sector ‘It is a pleasure and an honor to host the 49th AFRAA Annual General Assembly and Summit in Kigali. RwandAir looks forward to welcome airline top executives and other aviation stakeholders to Remarkable Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills‘.

Recent aviation achievements

In 2016, Kigali International airport was ranked by ForwardKeys as the 3rd Fastest Growing in Africa and among Africa’s top three airports with high number of seats after the government invested in expansion of the airport at a cost of over $19 million

The upgrade resulted into faster baggage handling, no queues at the check- in or immigration counters, installation of lifts, and escalators easing movement within the terminal building for both able bodied and People with Disabilities (PWDs).

“The new infrastructure has more than doubled the handling capacity and greatly improved service provision up to internationally recommended standards and practices, as well as enhancing safety and security for travelers, operators and other aviation stakeholders,” Barigye said.

In October last year Rwanda embarked on construction of the $818m Bugesera Airport- located 30 minutes’ drive from Kigali city- after it was clear that flights and passenger traffic at Kigali International Airport was increasing rapidly.

Government signed a deal with Portuguese firm Mota Engil Engenharia e Construcao Africa – to deliver the facility as matter of urgency.

The construction of Bugesera international airport has since august officially kicked off after president Kagame and investors laid a foundation stone at the proposed airport site which is set for completion by 2018.

Bugesera International airport will have capacity of handling 4.5 million passengers annually and the construction has been planned in phases.

The first Phase will cost $418 million, scheduled for completion by December 2018. After this phase, extension works will be undertaken worth $ 400 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $818 million

While launching the first drone port in Africa in 2016, President Paul Kagame said that Rwanda is determined to invest more because it’s convinced that technology will address the country’s challenges of the future and this will only be possible by working with good partners and getting citizens involved.

“The aviation sector is becoming very important to Rwanda that is why we are investing into aero technology. Rwandans have learned to embrace innovation, especially when it is clear that it can help us solve challenges we face,” Kagame said recently while in Gandhinagar city in Western India.

Conference tourism projections

With a growth in modern hotels, Rwanda is expected to ripe big in hotels and conference tourism.

Projections indicate that Rwanda has won a tender to host most conferences after presenting its success story in hosting global meetings and exhibitions under Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) program.

The program targeted to earn the country $42 Million last year and is targeting $ 55 Million this year.

 

 

 

 

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