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RwandAir launches Lusaka-Jo’burg flights

DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka
RWANDAIR has launched three times weekly direct flights to Lusaka.
The Lusaka-Johannesburg route will all be operated by their Boeing 737-800 Next Generation dual class aircraft.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said Government is happy with the coming of RwandAir adding that the direct route gives Zambians an opportunity for an alternative.
The inaugural RwandAir flight Boeing 737-800 9XR-WG landed at 21:20 hours on Friday evening at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
“We are happy because Zambians have been given a chance to choose so that they get the best airline when going to Johannesburg,” Mr Mukanga said.
Mr Mukanga said the coming of RwandAir is significant because it shows that Zambia’s skies are becoming safe and reliable.
He said with the recently installed radar, Zambia will have an increased number of flights coming into the country.
Mr Mukanga said the RwandAir Lusaka-Johannesburg route will be sustained because of the ever growing clientele in the country.
And RwandAir director of flight operations captain Santos Pio thanked the two governments for having the vision of expanding network of operation and appreciating the need for connectivity between the two countries.
“We are very happy that we are here today. RwandAir has got a very superior inflight service and good on-time performance hitting 95 percent on time,” captain Pio said.
Captain Pio said RwandAir will all be operated by the Boeing 737-800 Next Generation dual class aircraft with guaranteed safety and comfort.
“We are delighted that the continent’s airspace is being opened for African carriers to take advantage of the opportunities therein. The Lusaka route will offer convenience and affordable flights to the passengers who will also take advantage of connections to 16 other destinations in Africa and in the Middle East,” captain Pio said.


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