(06 Oct 2021) Qatar Airways and RwandAir have signed a codeshare agreement to offer travellers greater connectivity to more than 65 destinations across Africa and the rest of the world.
As part of the deal, the Rwandan flag carrier will also launch non-stop flights between its hub in Kigali and Doha, from December.
The codeshare agreement simplifies ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage-check processes for passengers.
Ms. Yvonne Makolo, RwandAir Chief Executive Officer, said, “This is a major milestone for RwandAir and marks the beginning of an exciting new journey with Qatar Airways. We are also immensely proud to welcome Doha to our route network, connecting customers with Qatar’s hub and further expanding their flight map. This codeshare agreement will give our customers significantly more choice and flexibility, allowing RwandAir to strengthen its global presence and build on its strong and loyal African customer base.”
The new codeshare partnership will increase Qatar Airways’ footprint in Africa, with access to destinations such as Bujumbura, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.
Additionally, the airlines recently announced loyalty partnerships giving RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty members access to each other’s destinations with the opportunity to accrue and redeem miles across their reciprocal route networks. Customers will also have access to the airlines’ airport lounges at their hubs in Doha and Kigali.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “We share a very close and collaborative bond with Rwanda and welcome RwandAir’s new non-stop service between Kigali and our home in Doha. With this comprehensive codeshare agreement, we are committed to deliver greater choice and connectivity to our customers in Africa and around the world. The new partnership will help position Qatar Airways in the region and complement our African expansion strategy. As we brace ourselves to meet significantly increased demand for long-awaited travel, I see dynamic partnerships like this one helping to steer travel, tourism and trade firmly on the path to recovery.”