South African Airways (SAA) has become one of a very few global airlines to maintain Stage 2 status of the IATA Environmental Assessment Programme (IEnvA).

IEnvA is a comprehensive airline environmental management process that measures a range of operational aspects.

According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager, Australasia, the IATA programme introduced sustainability standards for airlines to cover all areas of operation to help them achieve world’s best practice.

“SAA achieved Stage 2 status in January 2015 and we’re very pleased to say we have retained this highest possible level, making us one of a very few global airlines achieving this position,” Tim said.

“Key standards contributing to the status include air quality and emissions, aircraft noise, fuel consumption and efficient operations, recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable procurement, biofuels and many more. SAA was one of several airlines to participate in Stage 1of the program that started in June 2013, “ he said.

“SAA’s Stage 2 assessment was conducted in December 2016 and showed that responsible environmental management can deliver commercially beyond the clear social and environmental benefit through projects such as our tobacco biofuels venture, the introduction of fuel-efficient navigation approaches, and the on-going drive to embed a culture of environmental sustainability.”

“IEnvA is a strict assessment programme based on recognized international environmental management systems such as ISO 14001. It was developed jointly by leading airlines and environmental consultants and SAA has been part of this process from its commencement,” he said. “Together with our fuel-efficient navigation approach, SAA has an internal drive to create a culture of sustainability to enable us to reduce emissions wherever we operate. Achieving this important milestone is a tangible reflection of our efforts.” Tim concluded.

International tourist figure rose by four percent globally to 1.2 billion in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

This marked the seventh consecutive year of growth since 2009, when global tourism figures declined four percent as the financial crisis and an outbreak of swine flu saw cash-strapped people stay at home.

UNWTO also confirmed that the number of people living in Asia and discovering both their own region and the rest of the world rose eight percent compared to 2015.

The Asia-Pacific area, meanwhile, proved a popular destination—the second most visited region after Europe.

UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Rifai said that the results in Europe were “very mixed,”; while some areas remained scantily visited, others received “a double-digit growth rate and some others a flat rate.”

The body also confirmed that the Americas registered a growth of four percent in visitor numbers.

Africa, meanwhile, recovered from a sharp drop in 2015 due to security fears, recording an eight percent growth. The Middle-East, however, saw a four percent drop in the arrival of tourists.

Rifai refused to give a much-anticipated ranking of the most visited countries, saying this would be unveiled at a later date.

In 2015, France ranked number one, followed by the United States and Spain. However, France has been hard hit by extremist attacks in the past two years, and there are fears this has impacted tourist arrivals. The major drop in Paris tourism took place after the terror attack in November 2015, killing 130 people. Frederic Valletoux, the tourism chief for the Paris region, admitted that the area hadn’t recovered, and that the impact was “lasting and completely unprecedented.”

Tourism represents 10% of global GDP, 7% of international trade and 30% of service exports, according to the WTO. Emphasizing how crucial it is worldwide, one in every 11 jobs comes from tourism, if direct and indirect posts are taken into account.

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W Melbourne

W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International has disclosed plans to open the iconic luxury lifestyle brand, W Melbourne in 2020.

Developed in partnership with Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd and Cbus Property, W Melbourne will be located in the heart of the city’s trendy shopping and entertainment district, at 447 Collins Street.

Part of the $1 billion AUD mixed-use luxury development Collins Arch., W Melbourne will fuse the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service and innovative programming with Melbourne’s hip and historic setting. The expansion into Melbourne marks the second W Hotel coming to Australia, following W Brisbane which is scheduled to open its doors in 2018.

“Melbourne, with its vibrant music, emerging fashion and bold street art, is a destination made for the W brand,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Located in the epicentre of the city, W Melbourne will embody the city’s creative spirit while showcasing the brand’s bold and energetic take on luxury.”

Offering 294 spacious guestrooms, including 40 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite), W Melbourne will be designed by award-winning SHoP Architects from New York, global design practice Woods Bagot and interior design specialists Hachem. The hotel will feature a vibrant bar and restaurant, an AWAY spa, FIT state-of-the-art workout facility, and WET indoor heated swimming pool.

W Melbourne will shake up the city’s hospitality scene with its future forward design, signature amenities and full calendar of W Happenings, showcasing what’s new and next in fashion, music and design. Guests can expect the brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever service philosophy that promises whatever guests want, whenever they want it. W Melbourne will also cater to those looking for an extraordinary location for their next event or meeting, featuring nearly 13,000 square feet of ultra-modern conference, ballroom and meeting space.

“We’re extremely excited to be working with Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd. and Cbus Property to bring a second W Hotel to Australia,” said Rajeev Menon, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) at Marriott International. “Melbourne is one of Australia’s most beloved cultural hubs with a strong global tourism industry, making it the perfect setting for this innovative lifestyle brand.”

The addition of W Melbourne to Marriott International’s Australian portfolio will complement W Brisbane, which is slated to open in 2018. Loyal fans of the brand will revel in being able to experience two energetic Australian cities and two iconic properties within one hour’s flight time of each other.

“From the outset, it was our intention to secure a hotel brand which would introduce a new take on luxury to Melbourne, complementing the rest of the Collins Arch development and forming an important part of the project’s vibrant offering,” said Mamoru Kohda, Director of Daisho.  “W Hotels is the perfect fit for Melbourne, and we look forward to this becoming one of Australia’s most sought after and talked about hotels.”

Collins Arch, a mixed-use development comprised of two towers which house a vibrant mix of premium office, retail and commercial space, are linked at the top by a residential bridge. Guests can access W Melbourne from multiple entry points across William Street, Market Street and Collins Street, with the Living Room (the brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby) and port cochère located on Flinders Lane.

W Melbourne will join the brand’s robust portfolio of 50 hotels around the globe, including the recently opened W Las Vegas, W Goa and W Punta de Mita, as well as the soon-to-open W Panama, W Shanghai and W Tel Aviv. W Hotels is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020.

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W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International portfolio, has announced plans to open the W Prague brand in the Czech Republic capital city.

The hotel is expected to debut in 2020.

Owned by PPH Evropa s.r.o, W Prague marks the brand’s debut into the Czech Republic, and will be located on Wenceslas Square in the heart of the buzzing capital city.

The hotel will be a renovation of the former Grand Europa Hotel, a radical art nouveau style property that pushed boundaries when it originally opened in 1905, and will do so again with the W brand’s progressive design and innovative spirit.

The historic structure will be combined with a modern new building to create a stunning blend of old world glamour and bold, contemporary design.

“As one of Europe’s most exciting and diverse destinations, Prague is a perfect fit for the iconic W brand and is certain to push new limits for Prague’s vibrant hotel scene when it opens in 2020,” said Sandeep Walia, Area Vice President – Luxury Brands, Western Europe, Marriott International, adding:“We are pleased to be partnering with PPH Evropa and Prague Prime Homes Management, and we share their confidence that this hotel will bring a new social scene to an already pulsing global city.”

Restored historical elements of the former Grand Hotel Europa will set the stage for W’s bold and vibrant design, complemented by a stunning new oval-shaped extension. The two buildings will be fully connected to create 154 stylish guestrooms and suites, including the Extreme Wow Suite – the brand’s lavish take on the traditional Presidential Suite. The groundbreaking SPG Keyless entry system will enable guests to use their smartphone or Apple watch to unlock their door and enter their rooms.

W Prague will feature a glamorous rooftop bar and an outdoor terrace, the perfect location for style-savvy locals and guests to enjoy sweeping cityscape views and a fabulous cocktail and culinary experience. The hotel features the W Living Room, the brand’s energetic spin on the hotel lobby, along with several chic restaurants and 350 square meters of ultra-modern event space. In addition, guests are invited to experience the indoor WET pool deck, FIT fitness center and AWAY® Spa. Throughout the hotel, the brand’s unique Whatever/Whenever service is always available, delivering whatever they want, whenever they want it.

“With W Hotels, we are confident we have selected a truly innovative hotel brand that best reflects our vision for this very special and unique development,” said Nadine Gilles, Managing Director of Prague Prime Homes Management. “As we re-imagine this historic building and create a new architectural icon for the city, we are thrilled to join forces with a visionary brand that will elevate Prague’s global status even further.”

Today’s announcement highlights the unstoppable appeal of the W Hotels brand in Europe, following the successful launch of hotels in London, Paris, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Verbier, Istanbul and most recently, Amsterdam, marking the seventh W Hotel in Europe.

The company has also revealed plans to add a new W Hotel in the Spanish capital of Madrid as well as one on Portugal’s stunning sun kissed Algarve coast (both in 2019), and will debut in Scotland in 2021.

W Hotels now boasts a worldwide portfolio of 50 properties around the globe, and is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020.

Conceptualized from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for nearly two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, W is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020, defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands.

With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later.

Europe’s largest hotel group AccorHotels, will open three hotels in Ethiopia by 2021, becoming the latest international chain to tap into the growing business and tourism sectors in the country.

Looking to counter subdued growth in Europe, AccorHotels and others have been expanding in emerging markets such as Ethiopia, where visitor numbers have been rising by more than 10 percent a year for the past decade, albeit from a very low base.

The Horn of Africa country is the continent’s second most populous nation and has one of its fastest-growing economies, propelled by huge spending on infrastructure, though it is still one of the poorest.

The new AccorHotels properties will offer more than 520 rooms in the capital, Addis Ababa, the company said in a statement released on Wednesday night.

Sheraton, Hilton, Radisson, Marriott and Golden Tulip are among a handful of hotel chains that operate in Ethiopia.

AccorHotels has been active in Africa for 40 years and is the continent’s leading hotelier by number of rooms.

The group operates in 21 African countries, employing more than 10,000 people at 94 hotels.

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As the Valentine’s Day celebrations on February 14 get into gear, hospitality establishments have entered stiff competitions to corner the leisure market across the country as they unveil attractive packages to guests and visitors alike.

Spurred by the economic recession, international brands in the country have gone into competition mode and are not taking chances as both throw up a plethora of products specifically targeted at the costumer ahead of the Valentine.

Aside the traditional decorations that now adore the concierge of hotels in the country, many of the top brands have unveiled reduced room rates to guests, special dinner packages, in addition to enhanced leisure packages for both singles, couples and entire families.

Heavily discounted products including room rates have now become the allure for major hotels in Nigeria to drive revenue and stay in operation.

Previously, major international brands operating in Nigeria had left the business of discounting during special celebrations like the Valentine, Christmas to the smaller players in the industry citing already over-booked facilities.

However, as occupancy has continued to drop in reflection of the recession, the top international brands are now not afraid of mixing it with the local brands to explore other means of effectively cornering the market.

Sheraton Abuja Hotel recently announced a collage of alluring activities to create unforgettable moments during this year’s Valentine’s season.

This is also as sister brand in Lagos, the Four Points by Sheraton Lekki announced a special Valentine’s Day dinner package for guests.

The Abuja Sheraton Hotel and the Four Points by Sheraton, Lekki, Lagos are newly-acquired portfolios of the Marriott International Hotel chain in Nigeria.

In what General Manager of the hotel, Nouman Irshad, described as ‘box events,’ the Abuja Sheraton has committed to thrilling guests and visitors alike during the season of love.

“Our teams have come up with out of the box events which will provide an ambience of excitement and absolute appeal for all our esteemed patrons. An enchanting love photo booth will be placed at the Hotel’s Obudu Garden to encourage our customers take pictures using a hashtag with a chance to win a complimentary dinner for two.

For cuisine, Irshad said the hotel will offer a world class food and drinks for as low as N9, 000 per person.

“At all our restaurants, we are offering a romantic dinner for two with complimentary cocktails or wine on arrival as well as heart shaped cakes for all the Ladies.

“The buffet will consist of a sumptuous variety of world class cuisine as well as a live cooking station and non-stop live entertainment starting from just NGN9, 000 per person,” explained Nouman.

“To delight our guests on that special day, a raffle dip will be conducted later in the evening and lucky couples will win complimentary weekend stays for two with breakfast at any of our Sheraton, Fourpoints by Sheraton and Le Meridien Hotels in Nigeria,” said Nouman Irshad.

“Our hotel is glad to offer special room rates starting from NGN39, 999 which will include complimentary breakfast for two adults for all our patrons who will gladly take advantage of the package from the 10th till the 14th of February 2017,” Nouman added.

Meanwhile, also as part of activities lined up to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day on February 14, the Four Points Lagos Hotel has announced its special Valentine’s Day dinner package.

The hotel’s package, which it said is open for reservations till the 13th of February 2017, is designed to encourage guests celebrate their loved ones, renew vows and reminisce on the past. This equally provides a great opportunity for inspiring marriage proposals.

A statement by the hotel, Wednesday, said it is also partnering with alcoholic beverage maker, Martini to arrange a variety of exciting events for the evening making it unforgettable for lovers.

“The first 50 ladies get a rose courtesy of the hotel, a bottle of alcoholic or non-alcoholic sparkling wine will equally be offered. In addition, every couple that purchases the ticket for the occasion will be entitled to 30% off a massage session at the Hotel Spa. They equally stand a chance to enjoy 30 per cent off their next Sunday Brunch table reservation as well as a complimentary takeaway cake on departure.

“To spice up the evening, the hotel will organize a lucky draw where the winner will stand a chance to get a weekend stay for two (2).

However, while the Sheraton Lagos Hotel is offering a special dinner for N16, 000 for couples, the room rate remains unchanged at N75, 000 per night.

On its part, the international brand, Ibis Hotel, Airport Road, Isolo, Lagos has slashed its room rates from N35, 600 to N29, 480 for complete Valentine packages during the love season including room rates, while another top West African brand, Golden Tulip, Festac Town, Lagos is also offering total weekend stays for less N53, 000.

Also, the Federal Palace Hotel & Casino, Victoria Island, Lagos has offered an all-inclusive room, food, recreational facilities plus a $50-casino voucher for N50, 000 to couples on one night stays.

air-peaceDomestic carrier in Nigeria, Air Peace has announced a discount programme that would see its customers flying for as low as N16, 532 on all routes in the spirit of the Valentine season.

A statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the cut in airfare was the carrier’s Valentine’s Day special gift to its customers and other air travellers.

The tickets, Air Peace added, were valid for all its domestic routes and for travelling throughout February.

“We greatly value our loyal customers who have continued to demonstrate absolute belief in our capacity to deliver the best flight experience in Nigeria and beyond. Our esteemed customers have been there all the way and we are thrilled to be the beneficiaries of such a great show of love and trust.

“Over the last two years of our operations, our valued customers’ support has been the biggest enabler of our massive growth, success and vision to be the world’s best airline out of Africa and deliver nothing but the best in comfort, safety and affordability.

“For our part, we will continue to look out for ways to compensate our wonderful customers for their generous show of love, which has seen us expand with surprising speed. And we thought Valentine’s Day was one of the greatest opportunities to express how appreciative we are of the sincere love we have continued to receive from our esteemed customers.

“Throughout this Valentine’s season, all our customers will have the opportunity of flying with us for fares as low as N16,532. The one-way tickets are valid for use throughout February,” the statement concluded.

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Foreign airlines operating in the country may scuttle any dividends from the planned diversion of flights from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA) to the Kaduna International Airport for repair works on the former facility as they have begun winding down operations at the Capital City’s airport.

While the South African Airways (SAA), British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM-Air France have already confirmed suspension of flights to Kaduna,  Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir and others may soon follow in fulfillment of an earlier warning, except the Federal Government takes an urgent step to halt the development.

With the closure of operations at the Abuja airport, the whole of essence of diverting arrivals and departures at the Abuja airport to the Kaduna facility, as well as the facelift being given the Kaduna airport including the Abuja-Kaduna road rehabilitation in preparation for the huge traffic, may now go to waste.

Also, the gains in terms of improved revenue accruing to the Kaduna airport from the expected heavy traffic inflows and also to the state government and people of the city could be shortchanged if the move by the foreign airlines is allowed to take hold.

The suspension of operations at the Abuja airport and refusal to divert to Kaduna by foreign airlines also follows mounting disapproval of the timing of the closure, choice of the Kaduna airport, which many stakeholders say is not suited to handling heavy aircraft in addition to the distance between both airports.

Following the official notice by the South African Airways to the Aviation ministry of its plans to suspend operations at the Abuja airport instead of diverting to the Kaduna airport, the stage is now set for other foreign carriers who are expected to follow suit.

While many agree that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja is overdue for closure and rehabilitation, they also concede that Kaduna airport is not suited for heavy aircraft and huge traffic, just as the distance between both airports is also a problem  coupled with other issues of security and state of the over 300km Abuja-Kaduna road.

However, while the Federal Government has since awarded a contract for the rehabilitation of the road, the state government has also moved to assure travellers of security as it has deployed operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps )NSCDC) on the road, while also guaranteeing shuttle buses to and from the airport.

“Must we divert Abuja traffic to Kaduna? Why can’t the Minna Airport serve the purpose for the local flights after all it is closer to Abuja than Kaduna. The runway (Minna) will still accommodate aircraft whose takeoff and landing runs are within 1000 to 2000 metres,” said Managing Director of Centurion Securities, Group Captain John Ojikutu (rtd), who also warned that the choice of Kaduna for air traffic diversion would scare most of the foreign airlines away.

“Those that will bear the consequences of the rehabilitation are the international flights. While the domestic airlines may find Kaduna airport convenient, the current security threats in that state may not make the airport attractive to the foreign airlines particularly those from the EU and US.

“My only worry is that they want to use Kaduna for traffic and I ask the question, why can’t they use Minna? Minna may not be as good as Kaduna, but a 737 can land in Minna. For them to want to use Kaduna for foreign airlines, I have my doubts that the airlines will go there. It is for security reasons. The way security is built in the north is different from how we have built it here.”

“If the people that are creating problems all over the place want to draw world attention to themselves, they will go to that place and create the problem. The Americans and European airlines have their minds on that. They do not want a situation where they would be brought into the conflicts, in such a way as they will be used as scapegoats. So, they would rather go to Lagos to land,” he said.

“It is going to be a serious dislocation of the nexus of our air travel system. Every major airport in the country connects to Abuja and Lagos. So, to have that place completely shut down for six weeks will be a huge blow to travelling public. They will be the ones that will be the worst of,” Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Aviation Safety Initiative (NASI), Capt. Dung Pam.

Already, foreign airlines operating in Nigeria had told the Federal Government that there is no need to close the Abuja airport to conduct repairs on its runway.

Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria, Noggie Meggison, who said though his members would support any decision taken by the federal government, such closure as announced was unnecessary, further adding that the repairs could be carried out at night while flights are allowed to operate during the day.

He said the operators were of the opinion that repairs of the runway could be carried out between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. while flight operations could take place during the day.

The airline chief said Gatwick airport in the United Kingdom, which like Abuja airport has only one runway, did not shut down when repairs were carried out on its runway. This is despite that Gatwick has more than 10 times the volume of air traffic that the Abuja airport has, he said.

Similarly, Osho Joseph, a representative of foreign airlines in Abuja, said that Kaduna might be an alternative for local airlines, but not for foreign airlines at the moment.

It would be recalled that South African Airways (SAA), Monday, officially notified the Ministry of Aviation of plans to discontinue operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja over poor facilities at the airport.

The notice comes only days before a formal closure of the runways of the airport by the Federal Government for needed rehabilitation and refurbishment.

In a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and signed by the Acting Chief Commercial Officer, SAA, Mr. Aaron Munetsi, the airline stated that it would suspend operations to Abuja from March 6 until April 18, 2017.

“SAA commends the Nigerian authorities concerning the planned repairs of the NAIA runway. However, due to network and fleet operations planning, SAA regrets to advise that the airline will suspend its Abuja operations with effect from 6th March until the 18th April, 2017.

“The airline promised to be in constant touch with the Nigerian aviation authorities as the repair work progresses in order to establish its readiness for revised operations in accordance with the work schedule.”

On its part, the British Airways said it would soon make its position known on operations into Kaduna or not while airlines like Lufthansa have already stopped sales of tickets to Abuja.

The Abuja airport runway was constructed in 1982 alongside the commissioning of the airport. Rather than the industry standards of 20 years before total overhauling, the runway was in use for 34 years without any major repairs.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport consists of an international and a domestic terminal. Both terminals share the same runway. In 2009, the airport handled 3,196,438 passengers.

The Abuja Gateway Consortium signed on November 13, 2006 an USD101.1 million contract for the management of the airport over the next 25 years. The contract includes the construction of an airport hotel, private car parks, shopping malls and a bonded warehouse, totalling USD50 million, during its first five years in addition to an upfront payment of USD10 million.

Total investments will according to the business plan amount to USD371 million during the period of the contract, Nigerian government revoked the contract on April 2008.

Contract for construction of a second runway was awarded to Julius Berger for $423 million in April, but were revoked in June due to the high cost. The Federal Government approved fresh bids for construction of the second runway.

While the complete repair works is expected to last for six months, the shutdown of the runway will last for six weeks from March 8.

us-visaUnited States embassies across the world, including Nigeria, may soon begin requesting from visa applicants the passwords to their personal social media accounts in future background checks, according to  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Kelly said, Tuesday, the move could come as part of the effort to toughen vetting of visitors to screen out people who could pose a security threat.

He said it was one of the things under consideration especially for visitors from seven Muslim majority countries with very weak background screening of their own — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

“We’re looking at some enhanced or some additional screening,” Kelly told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. “We may want to get on their social media, with passwords,” he said.

“It’s very hard to truly vet these people in these countries, the seven countries… But if they come in, we want to say, what websites do they visit, and give us your passwords. So we can see what they do on the internet.”

“If they don’t want to cooperate, then they don’t come in” to the United States, he said.

Kelly stressed that no decision had been made on this, but said tighter screening was definitely in the future, even if it means longer delays for awarding US visas to visitors.

“These are the things we are thinking about,” he said.

“But over there we can ask them for this kind of information and if they truly want to come to America, then they will cooperate. If not, next in line.”

The seven countries were targeted in president Donald Trump’s January 27 immigrant and refugee ban order, which has sense been at least temporarily blocked under court order.

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rwandairRwandAir has confirmed Harare and Mumbai as new destinations to be added this April, with flights to Zimbabwe, the southern African country to commence from April 1, while the Indian capital takes off from April 3, all with four flights a week.

Last year, the airline had announced that flights to those destinations would commence by January, this year. It is not, however, clear what informed the shift in date of commencement.

The two cities will be served with Boeing B737NG and Airbus A330 aircraft respectively.

Harare will from April onwards be combined with Lusaka as flights to Johannesburg revert to nonstop services, also operated with Boeing B737NG aircraft.

Mumbai, RwandAir’s first ever intercontinental destination, will see one of the airline’s new A330-300 aircraft, configured with a Business, Premium Economy and Economy class layout deployed for the nonstop flights from Kigali.

Currently, RwandAir flies to 17 destinations including Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Lusaka, Juba, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville.