Kigali International Airport
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- Air Uganda
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
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- Air Canada
Delta Air Lines
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Kigali International Airport, formally known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country, and in addition serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The airport is located in the suburb of Kanombe, at the eastern edge of Kigali.
Location of Kigali International Airport, Rwanda
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Alongside the launch last week of non-stop service to Beijing, South African Airways (SAA) has been working on improving its connections in Africa, and has recently launched service to three Central African destinations: Pointe Noire in the Republic of the Congo, Kigali in Rwanda and Bujumbura in Burundi. This follows expansion last year into Ndola, Zambia.
Turkish Airlines’ bullish African expansion plans will see the carrier launch service to several destinations in 2012 and upgrade many existing routes to twice daily. The carrier’s focus for 2012 is on expanding in emerging markets, primarily Africa, as further network expansion in the US is on hold and plans for launching service to Australia will likely not materialise until at least 2013.
Turkish currently operates 18 destinations in Africa, including Misrata in Libya which was launched in Dec-2011. Turkish CEO Temel Kotil told CAPA in Dec-2011 that the carrier plans to launch in 2012 Abuja and Kano in Nigeria; Kigali in Rwanda; Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire; and Mogadishu in Somalia.
The carrier has since also announced plans to launch in 2012 Kinshasa in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, which could give Turkish an African network of 24 destinations by the end of this year.
Several different factors are drawing the attention of airport operators and investors to Africa – the investment by TAV in North Africa, the rise of the private sector in South Africa, new airport construction announcements, 100 companies reportedly seeking to bid to develop a new terminal at Nairobi Airport, increasing passenger traffic in all parts of the continent and even the fact that ACI has chosen to co-locate its annual general assembly this year with the regional Africa association in Marrakech. Perhaps the most notable event momentarily is the search by the Rwanda Government for a private sector investor/operator for the new USD350 million Bugesera International Airport. Not so long ago such a suggestion would have been met with scorn but, riven by civil war and genocide between 1990 and 1993, Rwanda has recovered, at least economically, better than anyone could have hoped.
Rwanda, a country little known for its aviation achievements, is now home to Africa’s first B737-800, complete with Boeing’s new Sky Interior product. The national carrier plans to use the equipment to increase capacity to Dubai, which it currently serves via Mombasa. RwandAir is a growing airline and although it faces many struggles in its homeland, it has launched three new routes in 2011 alone. Rwanda’s infrastructure and transport system is underdeveloped, nevertheless the travel and tourism sector is helping to drive the country forward.
The outlook after the Japanese earthquake was still not entirely clear this week even as Narita International Airport Corporation stated all operations at the airport had returned to normal, and Delta reported it was operating its “normal” 40 flights a day to Japan.
African airlines are projected to return to profitability in 2010 for the first time since 2002, reflecting stronger economic activity and bolstered by what IATA describes as "a decade of cost-cutting, restructuring, and re-engineering." Many of Africa's 53 countries are experiencing rapid economic growth, spurred by global demand for commodities, led by China's insatiable need for raw materials. Reflecting these developments, projections for African airline profits stand at a combined USD100 million profit in 2010 with a breakeven result anticipated for 2011. It follows an estimated USD100 million loss in 2009. In this installment in CAPA's series on the world's Hottest Airlines to Watch in 2011, we focus on the movers and shakers in Africa.