It was once under the wings of Air France, the French fag carrier but broke off to be an independent air carrier. Air Djibouti seeks to revive its lost glory as it plans to venture into Rwandan market to stellar its operations in East Africa. No doubt the carrier has experienced ups and downs since its independent and recently shook itself off from the shackles of bankruptcy.
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Now, more than ever, Air Djibouti is keen on beginning operations in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali from the month of June. Popularly known as Red Sea Airlines, the carrier will add its destination tally to 11 should it launch the Kigali route. Perhaps not competitive in the aviation sector, the airline has potential to grow following its resurrection after turbulence crisis hit the wings.
Its resurrection came in 2015 after a long-term of silence due to the financial conundrum saga and has since been soaring higher to elevate its status in the sector. Rwanda President Paul Kagame has expressly confirmed his commitment to work with Djibouti as the African Union chairman emphasizes on the need of African leaders to work together for the good of the continent.
The airline prefers cargo transportation, with passenger services falling second in the pecking order since its relaunch in 2015, after over a decade of silence in the industry. The open air space agreement will boost the operations of Djibouti’s flag carrier with Rwanda leading in the signing of the agreements. This would give the airline robust leap with no restrictions to carry out its operations in Rwanda.
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Djibouti has been a close associate of Rwanda to push the open air space agenda to benefit African countries and promote intra-trade. Djibouti will open doors for major developments in tourism benefiting from better transport network and infrastructure.