One of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Rwanda, gets even closer with the launch of non-stop RwandAir flights from London Gatwick


  • Three-times weekly direct service launches from London Gatwick on 26 May
  • Rwanda voted top emerging tourist destination and one of the fastest growing countries in Africa
  • One&Only and Wilderness Safaris to open lodges in Rwanda this year
  • Safari experience boosted with entry of black rhinos into Rwanda

London, UK, 15 May, 2017: RwandAir will launch the first non-stop flight from the UK to Rwanda, one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in Africa, on 26 May. Operating three times a week from London Gatwick to the Rwandan capital Kigali, the service offers easy access for UK passengers.

The flights, on a new Airbus A330-200, will offer travellers Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The flight time is 8 hours 40 minutes with return fares starting from £372. Passengers travelling on the new RwandAir service in Business Class will be able to take advantage of fully-flat beds and convenient overnight flights. 

British travellers are among the top five nationalities to visit Rwanda, which welcomed 1.3 million people last year. They’re attracted by the incredible scenery, the opportunity for a unique experience visiting mountain gorillas and big game safari. The recent arrival of black rhinos in the country means that Rwanda is now offering one of the best safari experiences in Africa.

Travellers can explore Rwanda’s diverse ecosystems in its three national parks. Volcanoes National Park, along the Congo border, is famed for its mountain gorillas but also home to the endangered golden monkey. Akagera in eastern Rwanda is home to all of Africa’s most famed game animals with the new black rhino arrivals in addition to elephants, African buffalo, leopards and lions.

In the Nyungwe forest in Southern Rwanda, travellers can marvel at the biodiversity, with over 300 bird species, over 75 species of mammal and 12 primate species. Explorers can hike through the stunning terrain under the cover of dense canopies, gaze at the spectacular waterfalls and enjoy the lush flora.

The Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board, Ms. Belise Kariza, commented: “Rwanda has seen a transformation in recent years and is now becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for premium travellers. With the new non-stop RwandAir flights to Kigali, and the opening of several premium lodges, Rwanda will be making a big impact as a must-visit country.”

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer, said: “This new service makes the adventure of a life time in the heart of Africa a real possibility for more people than ever before, be they spotting gorillas in the wild, game animals on safari or visiting the beautiful tea plantations.

“Rwanda is the latest long haul destination Gatwick serves and we know proudly boast more than 50 long haul routes in total – a claim few other international airports can make. Only last week Gatwick became the world’s top low cost airport, a ranking helped by our growing low cost long haul services to North America and the Far East.”

This year the leading travel brand One&Only will launch a new lodge in Nyungwe while Wilderness Safaris is due to open Bisate Lodge near Volcanoes National Park. Tour operators, such as Red Savannah, Expert Africa and Wild Frontiers, are also offering bespoke holidays and tours in the country.

The newly opened Kigali Convention Centre is also driving the transformation of Kigali into a hub for Meetings, Incentive Conferences and Exhibitions. Rwanda has been named the third best MICE destination in Africa.

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