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RwandAir to launch new London- bound  ight
ngo commit to e ties
Rwanda’s national airline will begin  ying to London and aims to exceed one million passengers on all its routes in the next three to four years.
RwandAir will charter three weekly  ights to the UK capital’s Gatwick airport from May 26, which will be served by two newly acquired Airbus A330s.
Chief executive John Mirenge said: “We see this as another way to increase tourism from Europe and UK in particular which is one of the key contributors of tourists to Rwanda.
“Africa is still underserved in terms of aviation services so that’s why we cannot stop from growing especially on the continent.”
The London-bound service will become RwandAir’s
22nd destination, which
are currently served by 11 aircrafts, with the delivery of an additional Boeing 737-800 expected in May.
Mirenge added that the airline plans to initiate  ights to New York, along with continental services to Bamako, Conakry and Lilongwe.
African Community A airs, and Aimé Boji Sangara Bamanyirwe, DR Congo’s Minister for Commerce.
Kanimba said: “We are enhancing trade and the Congolese are very friendly and want to improve the trade relationship.
“We have put in place a joint committee that will meet regularly and discuss our progress.”
Uganda to remove hotel taxes in tourism push
The government of Uganda is  nalising agreements to have taxes on hotels reduced or eliminated, in a bid to increase tourism  gures.
Ephraim Kamuntu, Uganda’s Minister of Tourism, said: “Many hotels in the country have failed to improve their services to international standards because of the tax burden on them.
“As a government, we have  nished reviewing the demands for hotel owners and we are ready to revoke taxes so that they could expand their businesses to attract more tourists.”
The East African country aims to increase annual tourism  gures to 4 million by 2020, up from the current 1.3 million annual visitors to Uganda.
 launches new na and Kenya
Vittorio Sereni, country manager of the Nairobi o ce said: “The opening of the new Johnson & Johnson o ce will play a major role in supporting our goal of helping to improve the quality of and access to healthcare in the region, while showcasing a model that can be replicated across Africa.”


































































































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