The Government of Rwanda and Nigeria have signed Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA) which allows national career, RwandAir, to access all Nigeria’s airports with the right to carry passengers from there to other parts of the continent.
The fifth freedom flight was signed on Monday in Kigali between the State Minister in charge of Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye and Nigeria’s State Minister for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Abubakar Sirika.
Uwihanganye said that the agreement has budding impacts to both countries.
“The agreement allows us to operate to all Nigeria’s airports and carry passengers from there to any other airport in African countries,” he said.
“It will also facilitate both countries’ private sectors collaborate and do business together,” he added.
Nigeria’s Abubakar Sirika emphasized that the agreement is in line with easing integration through the Single African Air Transport Market as part of the Africa’s 2063 Agenda.
He said that both countries will benefit from the agreement both in cultural industries and business.
“Transportation, especially air transport will become easy and enhanced; it will connect people, culture and the market. Signing such agreement will allow Rwandans interconnect with Nigerians and do business together,” he explained.
RwandAir Chief Executive Officer, Col. Chance Ndagano said that the agreement will help the career attain their mission of facilitating Rwandans, Africans and beyond having easy movements.
“When we look at the economy, easing movement will promote tourism and businesses between both countries and Africa in general,” he said.
Currently, RwandAir has 25 destinations. In May, it will enter Abuja in Nigeria and start Accra road in Ghana.
In 2010, both countries had signed the agreement which allowed RwandAir to operate from Lagos.
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