RwandAir begins flights to Bangui, CAR capital

The Rwandan airline company ‘RwandAir’ has launched its new route to the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, amidst rebels closing in on the city.

The airline says as part of efforts to “recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic”, it will be flying to Bangui twice a week.

Rwanda and Central Africa Republic presidents in 2019 signed a bilateral defence agreement, which saw hundreds of Rwandan troops deployed to protect Bangui a little before December 2020 elections.

Last week, former Prime Minister Martin Ziguélé said the situation in Bangui was “apocalyptic” as rebels encircle the city.

A state of emergency was declared earlier this month and Bangui is being defended by government forces backed by the UN and Russian troops.

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RwandAir flew to nearly 30 destinations across 24 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, before some flights were suspended last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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