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RwandAir begins Nairobi – Entebbe direct flights on 29 January

RwandAir’s plans for direct flights between Nairobi and Entebbe seem to have succeeded following a recent inter-state pact that permitted talks over fifth freedom rights by East African carriers.

RwandAir staff with one of the airline's Boeing 737-700NG aircraft.

RwandAir staff with one of the airline’s Boeing 737-700NG aircraft.

The airline, which is Rwanda’s national carrier, is to begin daily flights between Nairobi and Entebbe starting 29th January 2015.

“Flights are scheduled to depart at 9am from Entebbe and at 9pm from Nairobi, primarily catering for the demands of the business and the short stay traveller,” said Gobena Mikael, General Manager, Commercial at RwandAir.

RwandAir has been eyeing the Nairobi – Entebbe route for several months now since the closure of Air Uganda last year. However, this requires fifth freedom rights to enable it carry passengers not only between Nairobi and Kigali but between Kigali and Entebbe and Entebbe and Nairobi.

The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya and Rwanda has permitted negotiations of fifth freedom rights by carriers from the respective countries.

RwandAir says it will deploy its Bombardier CRJ900 on the Nairobi – Entebbe route.

The Nairobi – Entebbe route has long been dominated by Kenya Airways which has been accused of charging high fares. This month, another Kenyan airline – FlySax – began daily flights on the route.

Other entrants into Entebbe since the collapse of Air Uganda include Fastjet and FlyDubai. Ethiopian Airlines has obtained fifth freedom rights between Entebbe and Juba, South Sudan.

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