RwandAir will resume operations on August 1, initially flying between Kigali and selected destinations in Africa, including Dar es Salaam and Lusaka, as well as Dubai. More destinations will be added as countries lift travel restrictions.

RwandAir CEO, Yvonne Makolo, said: “The demand will grow gradually as passengers become more comfortable travelling during this pandemic.”

Commenting on health concerns, she said: “We have put all measures in place as directed by International Civil Aviation Organisation and World Health Organization to make sure that our passengers and staff are safe when we resume operations.”

Before flying, all passengers must have a certificate showing that they tested negative for COVID-19, whether they are arriving, transiting or departing Rwanda.

Passengers departing from Kigali will be guided by physical distancing signs placed at strategic points around the airport.