The Government of Rwanda concluded the negotiation and signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement with Cape Verde. The Minister of State for Transport Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye signed the agreement on behalf of the Rwandan government.
He said on his twitter: “This is expected to open more potential market opportunities for RwandAir and Rwanda’s private sector, providing more economic momentum for the local and other African economies”
The signing took place on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual International Civil Aviation Organization World Aviation Forum 2017 taking place in the city of Abuja. The three days’ event stated from 20th to 22nd November 2017 is gathered under the theme “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.”
Rwanda is also expected to sign an air service agreement with Nigeria in the coming weeks, facilitating the launch of RwandAir service to Abuja in Jan-2018. Through this agreement, Nigeria would be granting Abuja as the second entry point for RwandAir after Lagos. Abuja is expected to be opened in January 2018.
Rwanda has already signed 60 bilateral air service agreements with several countries as part of government efforts to increase air connectivity and deepen trade in Africa and beyond “to ensure that Rwanda opens to the world and vice versa”.
Of these, 24 bilateral agreements are with African states and the rest are with countries outside the continent.