Wednesday, February 20, 2013

■ RWANDA: Netherlands, Rwanda sign Air Services Agreement.

NetherlandsRwandaRwanda and The Netherlands, on Wednesday 6 February, signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement following a visit to Kigali by Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen. In typically wooden diplomatic language, no explicit details about the contents of the BASA were revealed. The agreement, signed on behalf of Rwanda by Minister of Infrastructure, Albert Nsengiyumva, now accommodates "both countries’ current requirements and wishes" and formalizes the air connection between the two countries.

RwandanFlyer states that under the deal, RwandAir (WB) has been granted rights to operate to Amsterdam while KLM (KL) will see increased service to Kigali, tentatively set to increase to daily flights from April.
"As reflected in the new agreement, the Netherlands attaches great importance to good governance and the legal sector, including in the area of international cooperation. Rwanda is evolving into an international hub and a springboard to the region from Europe. This will open up even greater economic opportunities, bringing more prosperity to both the Dutch and Rwandan people. I am confident that everyone stands to gain.

The signing of the air services agreement has formalised the air connection between the two countries. Together with the other African cities served by KLM and its partner Kenya Airways, Kigali is an important destination for KLM, the airline says.