RwandAir passengers to now fly to United States

Thursday June 7 2018


The national carrier RwandAir had already received the economic authority to fly to the US market through a codeshare partner. PHOTO | Cyril NDEGEYA. 

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RwandAir passengers can now fly to the United States after the airline received a nod by Washington that allows it to operate through a code-share agreement.

This is a significant step as the Rwanda national carrier awaits approval for direct flights between Kigali and the US.

The foreign air carrier permit allows RwandAir to "only operate through a code-share and/or wet-lease arrangement with a duly authorised and properly supervised US or foreign air carrier."

The order however restricts the airline from "physically operating the flight to and from the United States."

According to the order issued by the US Department of Transportation, the permit became effective on May 29, 2018.

For direct flights, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to conduct an audit in September before Washington can give a green light.

The FAA’s audit is a mandatory procedure for airlines seeking a permit to operate direct flights to the US.

The airline applied for the permit in March 2017.