12 JUNE 2017
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Arrival of the first direct flight between Rwanda and the UK has been welcomed at Gatwick with a traditional water arch salute as the RwandAir aircraft taxied to the gate at the airport’s North Terminal.
The arrival was attended by Rwanda’s UK high commissioner Yamina Karitanyi, RwandAir deputy CEO Yvonne Makolo and Gatwick head of airline relations Stephen King.
The route is served by a new three-cabin Airbus A330-200 with Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy, with flights departing Gatwick on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Flight time is 8hr 40min.
Makolo said: “British travellers are among the top five nationalities to visit Rwanda and this important direct service will allow even easier access and improve already strong trade links between us with new long-lasting business opportunities.”
King added: “Rwanda is rapidly becoming a top destination to the heart of Africa and 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.”
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