Rwanda and Paris Join Forces for the First Time Through Direct Aircraft

On June 27, 2023, RwandAir will launch its brand-new non-stop flights to the amazing French metropolis of Paris.

As the airline accelerates its ambitious growth strategy and adds a 25th destination to its route map, customers can now fly with RwandAir on the only direct service between Rwanda and France.

RwandAir 25th destination to its route map
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Yvonne Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, said:

“The launch of our first-ever flights to Paris is an exciting development in RwandAir’s continuing expansion and a testament to the importance of French-Rwandan relations.”

Flights To The City of Light 

Thanks to the new flights to the “City of Light,” which will run three times per week, passengers will have simple access to one of Europe’s most fashionable and interesting cities as well as a link between France and Kigali, in the centre of Africa.

The City of Light | The Eiffel Tower.
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Flight WB700 leaves Kigali at 03:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and lands at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 9:30 a.m.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:30 p.m., flight WB701 returns to Paris, arriving at RwandAir’s hub at 6:00 a.m. the following day.

RwandAir’s Market

Travellers from France will be able to take advantage of the new service, which will run three times a week, to travel directly to the centre of Africa to see Rwanda’s stunning landscapes and wildlife, including its stunning national parks and world-famous mountain gorillas.

Makolo mentions that

“France is a major market for RwandAir as we connect the continents of Africa and Europe through our home hub in Kigali with this new direct service to Paris, one of the world’s top tourism destinations.”

Customers flying to France from Africa can reach Paris through Kigali in less than 8 hours and 30 minutes, providing them more time to take in the city’s famous landmarks, wonderful culture and atmosphere.

RWANDAIR mountain
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Furthermore, RwandAir’s base in Kigali enables seamless connections to its large African flight network, including flights to Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

With 13 aircraft, including three wide-body Airbus A330s, it also has one of the newest fleets on the African continent.

RwandAir is renowned for its dependability, friendliness, and safety.

RwandAir’s Plans 

Rwanda has ambitious plans to expand its army by double over the next five years and relocate to the Bugesera Global Air Airport, which is being built to handle 1 million passengers and 150 million tonnes of freight annually during its busiest time of operation.

Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport
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Makolo concludes by saying

“French travellers can look forward to a warm welcome onboard on our inaugural flight today and for many more years to come as we deepen the ties of friendship and fraternity between France and Rwanda.”

Will you be flying with RwandAir this summer? What do you think of the construction of Bugesera Global Air Airport? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Samuel Ayobami Ojerinola
Samuel Ayobami Ojerinola
Aviation Reporter - With a deep background in travel including previous work for LoveHolidays, Omega and HRG, Samuel contributes news and analysis here at Travel Radar. Samuel also holds a BA degree in Travel & Tourism Management from the University of West London.