RwandAir finds biggest market in Nigeria
Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir, has attested to the strength of the Nigerian air travel market, declaring it as a major traffic zone for airlines in the African region.The airline said economic challenges notwithstanding, the market remains committed to the air travel sector.
RwandAir Country Manager, Ibiyemi Odusi, said the last financial year was a good outing for the airline on the Nigerian route, as its revenue outflows and passenger traffic were the highest in terms of growth in the RwandAir network.
Odunsi said it is for this reason that RwandAir holds dearly its Nigerian operations, adding that the airline would continue to invest in Nigeria with new products that will endear its patronage.
She said Nigerian passengers have demonstrated patronage and commitment to the airline and that it was time to give back with more quality services and competitive fares.It would be recalled that with the exit of the likes of United and Iberia Airlines, and spike in ticket fares on other foreign airlines, the likes of RwandAir, offering cheaper fares on international route are enjoying more patronage.
Meeting its trade and corporate partners in Lagos recently, the airline said plans had been concluded plans to take delivery of a brand new Airbus 330 to be deployed on Nigerian route with business, premium and economy cabins.The aircraft, Odusi said will be deployed on the Lagos-Dubai route next month, after which it will service the Lagos-Mumbai route in December.
She hinted that the airline will in the first quarter of next year take delivery of another brand new Airbus aircraft for planned operations into Guangzhou in China for Nigerian passengers.
She said the meeting with trade and corporate partners in Lagos provided an avenue for the airline to plan further for the present financial year 2016/17 while thanking its esteemed customers and trade partners for the success the Nigeria market achieved.
Odusi spoke of plans by the airline to add new routes soon, as it is looking forward to strategic partnerships within and outside the continent to develop its hub in Kigali into other global destinations.She said the airline’s frequent flyer programme (Dream Miles) is in place, which would enable passengers earn mileage on every trip.