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London Gatwick celebrates arrival of first RwandAir flight

RwandAir made its direct maiden flight between Rwanda and the UK on Friday 26th May with a spectacular water arch as the aircraft taxied to the gate at the London Gatwick airport’s North Terminal. The route is served by a new Airbus A330-200.

RwandAir new Airbus A330-200

The arrival of the aircraft was greeted by the UK High Commissioner of Rwanda, H.E. Yamina Karitanyi; the Deputy CEO of RwandAir, Yvonne Makolo; and Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport.

UK High Commissioner of Rwanda, H.E. Yamina Karitanyi; the Deputy CEO of RwandAir, Yvonne Makolo; and Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport

Travellers have a choice of Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class travel. Flights depart London Gatwick on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a flight time of just 8 hours 40 minutes and return fares starting from £368. Business Class Passengers will be able to take advantage of fully-flat beds and convenient overnight flights at a cost of £1,420 in including all taxes and surcharges.

Yvonne Makolo, Deputy CEO of RwandAir, said: “We are very proud to launch this important direct flight between the UK and Rwanda. British travellers are among the top five nationalities to visit Rwanda and this service will allow even easier access to the many natural wonders and unique experiences available throughout our beautiful country. This new route will also improve already strong trade links between the UK and Rwanda creating new long-lasting business opportunities.”

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport, said: “I am delighted to welcome RwandAir to Gatwick and look forward to what I am sure will be a very popular service. Rwanda is rapidly becoming a top leisure destination for those looking to experience the adventure of a lifetime in the Heart of Africa, while business passengers can use the new service to forge stronger links between our two countries.

“This exciting new route demonstrates just how far Gatwick’s long-haul network has grown in recent years. We now offer well over 50 long haul routes across the globe – a claim few other international airports can make.”

For more information please contact RwandAir.com or call +44 (0)1293 874922

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