National Carrier for Rwanda “RwandAir” will resume its flights on 1 August after almost five months since they suspended their operations. Officials of the airline said that the carrier is already receiving forward booking on different routes, bringing high hopes that demand will gradually grow.
The airline will first resume flights in African destinations and Dubai, increasing frequencies to other routes in tandem with demand. RwandAir will not hike its fare charges in a bid to attract more passengers. Further, it will offer bonus mileage and flexible pricing to passengers.
The airline is making inflight adjustments in life with health recommendations to improve safety and boost passenger confidence. Company CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo says, “We have put all measures in place as directed by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to make sure that our passengers and staff are safe when we resume operations.
A Different RwandAir Experience
Passengers will present a certificate to prove that they tested negative for COVID-19 before flying into, through and out of the country. Further, they will have to observe physical distancing rules at airports.
RwandAir Chief Commercial Officer Gobena Mikael says flights will amend how they offer meals and snack services, looking to minimize contact between crew and passengers. The airline will now offer a lunch box hot meal as opposed to a served meal.
“For airline meals and snacks services, there is going to be a significant amendment from regular service to serving bottled drinks and packed snacks consequently reducing contacts between crew and passengers,” CGTN quotes Mikael.
The airline will also require passengers to wear masks as well as check their temperature before boarding. Passengers will only carry one piece of luggage per passenger to reduce congestion. Aircrafts will also have physical distancing signage and desk shields.