RwandAir Cargo is launching new services to Dubai and Djibouti as it grows the number of connections it has between Africa and the rest of the world.

The new services will be operated on board its dedicated freighter B737-8SF and will increase the airline’s cargo network to seven destinations as well as expanding freighter offerings across Africa and the Middle East.

RwandAir CEO Yvonne Makolo said: “The added destinations will support efficient and reliable connections for business and provide significant opportunities for enhanced trade between Rwanda, the UAE, Djibouti, and the rest of the continent.

“As a landlocked nation, we recognize the importance of air freight in Rwanda’s economic growth across Africa and beyond.

“Our geographic location at the heart of Africa enables us to connect every part of the continent, and we eagerly anticipate expanding this connectivity even further.”

The addition of Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) marks RwandAir’s second cargo destination in the UAE after Sharjah. The first flight departed from Kigali on 11 June.

RwandAir Cargo will also begin dedicated freighter service to Djibouti, connecting via Dubai World Central and Sharjah starting 17June, 2024. Flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, respectively.

RwandAir Cargo Services director Bosco Gakwaya added: “Our expansion to Dubai and Djibouti strengthens RwandAir Cargo’s role as a key trade facilitator on the African continent and is well aligned with the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), transforming Kigali into a regional cargo hub.”Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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