ENVOY CALLS FOR LIBERALISATION OF INTRA-AFRICA AIR MARKET

The Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Stansilas Kamanzi has expressed his dissatisfaction with the poor air link among African nations.

The envoy who bared his mind on the matter in Lagos at a ceremony to receive a newly acquired A330-200 aircraft by the East African country said it was imperative for all African countries to have airlink.

According to him, a situation whereby one had to travel outside the continent before connecting another flight to an African country was unacceptable.

He said this was a big challenge to travelers as they have to pay more and so much valuable time is wasted in inter-connectivity.

On the acquisition of the new aircraft by his country’s national airline, Kamanzi noted that it was a milestone as his country was determined to ease travel in Africa and beyond.

He disclosed that the airline would soon take delivery of another aircraft adding, ”we have to thank Nigeria for accommodating RwandAir and for allowing our airline to develop Lagos as a hub in West Africa.”

From Lagos, he explained: ”we have expanded our operations into Ghana, Conakry and Abidjan where people and businesses could move across borders with much ease.”

Also speaking, the Airline’s Manager in Nigeria, Ms Ibiyemi Odunsi, said the arrival of the Airbus A330-200 was one of the steps taken by the airline to consolidate on the Nigerian routes with attractive packages that would make the Carrier a preferred choice