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RwandAir is an airline that has received very little attention in recent times, although it deserved more. The reputable African airline which is the national flag carrier for Rwanda recently (May 2017) introduced a new route between South Africa and London (from O.R. Tambo Airport to Gatwick Airport) for just R7 600*. You can book and secure this cheap international flight with Rwandair right here at SA Airlines.

RwandAir also offers a number of affordable domestic and internal flights to 22 cities located in East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and the Middle East. The airline's main hub is located at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda.

More About Rwandair

RwandAir has carried the slogan "Fly the dream of Africa" with pride since it was first launched in December 2002 as “RwandAir Epress”. The company name changed to "RwandAir" when the company registered a new trademark, just a few years later in 2009. The airline operates a young fleet and has achieved seemingly strong, fast growth in the African market.

Scheduled flights with RwandAir are currently on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The airline is a member of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and is also certified by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) and ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit Ground Operations).

Be Rewarded for Flying with RwandAir

RwandAir has a passenger rewards program / loyalty program called "Dream Miles". The program offers 4 tiers (Emerald, Silver, Gold and Diamond). The miles earned on each flight are dependent on the class booked, fare paid and tier status of the member.

Miles can be earned and spent at selected hotels, car rentals, online stores and of course, to buy airline tickets with RwandAir. Passengers who wish to redeem their miles for tickets must complete the request at least 5 working days prior to the required flight.

RwandAir's Codeshare Agreements

Rwandair has codeshare agreements with Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways and Turkish Airlines.

RwandAir's Fleet

As of May 2017 RwandAir carries a fleet of 12 aircraft with no further aircraft on order. The existing fleet consists of the following:

  • Airbus A330-200: 1
  • Airbus A330-300: 1
  • Boeing 737-700: 2
  • Boeing 747-800: 4
  • Bombardier CRJ900ER: 2
  • Bombardier Dash 8 Q400: 2

RwandAir Bookings and Procedures

Booking cheap flights with RwandAir online is made quick and easy with our built in flight search feature. There are a few details that you need to know before confirming your flight booking:

  • Baggage - all passengers are allowed one piece piece of hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 38cm x 20cm and weighing no more than 10kg. This is the baggage policy for all destinations excluding Johannesburg where the hand luggage restriction is 7kg. Free checked-in baggage is limited to 2 pieces of luggage weighing no more than 32kg each for Business Class and 2 pieces of luggage at no more than 23kg each for Premium Economy and Economy Class. The total linear dimensions of any given piece of luggage cannot exceed 203cm.
  • Check-in - RwandAir passengers can check in at a designated counter at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure. Check-in counters are typically open 3 hours prior to departure. Online check-in is open from 24 hours to 3 hours prior to departure. Whether checking in at a counter or online, you will need your ID and passport with you. Online check-in is only available for flights departing from the following airport codes: KGL, BJM, EBB, ACC, LOS, KME, LUN, DXB, DAR, JRO, NBO, HRE and BOM.
  • On-board RwandAir

    RwandAir offers in-flight entertainment on long haul flights, particularly on the 737-800 fleet. The entertainment system provides passengers with a selection of Hollywood and classic movies, popular TV shows and an audio library. The airline also serves hot meals on long haul flights with beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian options.

    Rwandair in Recent News
    RwandAir Offers Direct Flights from Kigali to Brussels in July 2017

    In the wake of RwandAir’s recent flight launch between SA to London, the announcement of an additional scehduled routing between Kigali and Brussels, as early as July 2017, has caused a certain amount of surprise in the industry. The airline spokesperson confirmed that 3 direct flights could be offered each week on the airlines Airbus A330 fleet.


    RwandAir Contributes to Tourism Expansion in Rwanda

    Rwanda’s tourism industry is said to be fetching as much as $40 million more than the previous year due to expansion in various markets. Bart Gasana, the chairperson of tourism chamber of Private Sector Federation in Rwanda said that RwandAir's affordable flights are making the country more accessible to tourists and doing good things for the tourism industry.


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    * Inaugural fare advertised. Prices are correct at date of publishing and can change at any time.