Morocco's national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, the Morocco national carrier is to launch a new service in March, with direct flights between Morocco and Rwanda. According to reports the flights will be between Casablanca and Kigali
The Rwandan government has been working to transform Kigali International Airport (KIA) into a regional aviation hub and to date has attracted a number of airlines including, among others, Kenya Airlines, Qatar, Fly Dubai, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopia Airlines and KLM.
According to the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA), KIA received about 580,505 passengers in the first 11 months of 2015, an increase of 6 per cent compared to 568,981 passengers who went through the airport during the same period in 2014.
The airport targets over one million arrivals in the medium to long-term, especially as the country increases initiatives to attract more tourists.
KIA was upgraded and expanded under a $17.8 million rehabilitation and expansion project that was concluded last year.
KIA has been ranked among the best airports in the region, while Canadian aviation website ranked it the fifth-best airport in Africa this year. Another survey by UK-based consultancy firm, Skytrax, ranked it seventh in Africa and the best airport in East Africa in 2014.