The national airline of Rwanda, now operating B737-500 aircraft with a dual configuration of C and Y cabins for flights to Johannesburg, has reportedly been requested by South African Airways (SAA) to restore a code share arrangement under which the two airlines operated in the past.
It was learned from sources in Kigali that South African Express, a partner of SAA, has apparently applied for traffic rights between South Africa and Rwanda, a matter presently before the relevant aviation body in Kigali for consideration, but sources were swift in pointing out that a codeshared operation was still possible even if both airlines were flying on the route.
It is RwandAir’s intent to eventually fly daily between the two cities but the question on everyone’s mind is if there is sufficient traffic for two airlines and for even more flights without impacting on the load factors and financial feasibility of such operations then.
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