RwandAir has launched its maiden flight from its West African hub Cotonou in Benin to Dakar in Senegal via Abidjan, a development which is set to ease connectivity between East and West Africa.

With the addition of these destinations, RwandAir continues to build sustainable ties among sister African cities and enable trade and tourism between the two countries.

The flight which took off at 0130GMT from Cotonou hub to Dakar via Abidjan will see Dakar take the airline’s growing network to twenty destinations all connecting through Kigali, at the heart of Africa. This comes after RwandAir was granted the seventh freedom rights by the Government of Benin in August.

The rights allow an airline to base its operations outside its home base and operate between its seventh freedom base and a third country without returning to its country.

Intra African trade is currently between 13-15% but with more connectivity across the continent, the number is expected to go up.

Connectivity of Rwandair across the continent will also facilitate labor mobility which is a facet of the African Union’s ultimate goal of becoming an economic union and a political Union.