Rwandair to operate first ever Paris-Kigali flights

A new Rwandair Airbus A330 arrives at Kigali airport at night.
Photo Credit: Rwandair

The national flag carrier of Rwanda, RwandAir is set to launch a new direct flight between the Rwandan capital Kigali and the French capital of Paris on June 27, 2023.

This will be the first time the route has been flown, and brings the two nations closer than ever with a new air link.

Flight schedule

RwandAir flights will depart Kigali, each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 12:30 am, arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 9:30 am the same morning as flight WB700. 

The returning leg will be flying as WB701 from Paris at 9:30 pm each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The returning flight will arrive in Kigali at 6:00 am the next morning. 

Passengers will be able to fly with one of Africa’s leading airlines, RwandAir, which provides the only direct service between Rwanda and France.

It shows the momentum and ambitions of the Rwandan flag carrier as Paris is now the 25th destination on its route network. 

The new flights to the European capital will commence with thrice-weekly flights, allowing those residing in Kigali easy access to Europe’s most romantic and stylish cities. Kigali is also growing into one of the important hubs in Africa. 


RwandAir CEO, Yvonne Makolo commented on the launching of Paris flights: “The launch of our first-ever flights to Paris is an exciting development in RwandAir’s continuing expansion and a testament to the importance of French-Rwandan relations”

She furthered on how relations between the two nations will be better off: “France is a major market for RwandAir as we connect the continents of Africa and Europe through our home hub in Kigali with this new direct service to Paris, one of the world’s top tourism destinations.

“French travelers can look forward to a warm welcome onboard on our inaugural flight today and for many more years to come as we deepen the ties of friendship and fraternity between France and Rwanda.”

Guests flying between France and Africa will now have better options. Popular destinations in Africa, such as Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa can now be flown via Kigali seamlessly.

RwandAir also flies to destinations in West Africa, including Nigeria and Ghana. Travelers can also take advantage of the stopover by exploring Kigali’s amazing quirky atmosphere, culture, sights coffee, and people. 

Opportunity for Rwanda 

The new thrice-weekly service will allow travellers from the French capital to travel to Africa, to explore Africa’s hidden gem.  Rwanda has loads to offer, ranging from its incredible scenery and wildlife, and national parks housing mountain gorillas. 

World Class Airline

The airline has one of the best if not excellent on-time performance, customer, and safety records. The airline has one of the youngest fleets on the entire continent with three flagships wide-body Airbus A330s and 10 more narrow-body aircraft serving regional and intra-African routes. 

Ambitious Plans

The airline plans to become the regional workhorse of the continent. The airline intends to move to its new hub at Bugesera International Airport, which has the capability to handle one million passengers and 150 million tonnes worth of cargo.

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