Qatar Airways resumes operations in Rwanda #rwanda #RwOT

Qatar Airways used to operate daily flights from Kigali to Doha with a stop in Entebbe- Uganda. Under the new flight schedules, the airline planes will not be stopping in Uganda as the Entebbe International Airport is still closed.

Qatar Airways has a strong relationship with Rwanda with eight years of operations to Kigali. The award-winning airline began scheduled services from Kigali on 21 March 2012. Qatar Airways recently resumed flights to key destinations in Africa including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Tunis.

Qatar Airways Acting Vice-President, Middle East, Africa & Pakistan, Mr. Bennet Stephens said: “We are delighted to resume flights to Kigali, totalling our flights to 33 weekly flights to Africa with eight destinations. Qatar Airways continues to maintain an expanding schedule with now more than 500 weekly flights to over 75 destinations. During the pandemic, Qatar Airways have become the largest global carrier to maintain its schedule in taking people home with the highest safety measures. Our wide network of flights during these challenging times has ensured we have kept up to date with the latest in international airport procedures. We also implemented the most advanced safety & hygiene measures on board our aircraft and in our home and hub at Hamad International Airport which was recently voted the Best Airport in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row.”

“Qatar Airways has been the most reliable airline during the pandemic and will continue to ensure its promised five-star service and hospitality is delivered across its network. We hope to see many people come visit Rwanda and explore the world's stunning wildlife and more.”

Qatar Airways has enhanced its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew. The airline has introduced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew which includes gloves, face masks, safety glasses and a new protective gown that is fitted over their uniforms. A modified service that reduces interactions between passengers and the crew inflight has also been introduced.

Onboard, all Qatar Airways passengers are now provided with a complimentary protective kit. Inside a ziplock pouch they will find a single-use surgical face mask, large disposable powder-free gloves and an alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel. The airline has also introduced disposable face shields for adults and children.

Passengers travelling from Hamad International Airport (HIA) will receive their face shields at the check-in counters, whereas at other destinations, the face shields will be distributed at the boarding gates.

Qatar Airways resumes flights at a time when the final round of negotiations to acquire 49% stake in RwandAir are still ongoing. In February this year, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told IGIHE that negotiations were ongoing, only that the agreement had not yet been signed.

To ensure travellers can plan their travel with peace of mind, the airline has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination. The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions visit www.qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs.

Among airlines with operations in Rwanda are: Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines, KLM, EgyptAir, Jambo Jet of Kenya and RwandAir.

Of all these companies, six have already been authorized to resume their operations in Rwanda, with some starting and others to be launched in the coming days; those allowed to resume flights to Rwanda are RwandAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways and KLM.

Qatar Airways will operate three flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It was at 3:15 P.M. on Monday, that the first flight took off from Kigali to Doha, making no stops.

Among airlines with operations in Rwanda are: Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines, KLM, EgyptAir, Jambo Jet of Kenya and RwandAir.
Of all these companies, six have already been authorized to resume their operations in Rwanda, with some starting and others to be launched in the coming days. Those allowed to resume flights to Rwanda are RwandAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways and KLM.

Qatar Airways has resumed operations in Rwanda four months after flights were suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Nicole Kamanzi M.



source https://en.igihe.com/news/article/qatar-airways-resumes-operations-in-rwanda

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