The Dutch airline component of Air France-KLM now flies a regular weekly schedule from Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport to the capital city, Kigali. It’s another step up for the Mother Continent, and another clear sign of Rwanda’s comeback.
The first KLM flight from AMS touched down Sunday at KGL, opening a regular schedule of five flights a week. Each flight will include a stop at Entebbe (EBB) airport in Uganda.
According to industry reports, KLM already had been sending passengers to Rwanda via Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) through a code-share agreement with Kenya Airways. Not only will that arrangement continue, but KLM’s relationship with KA is expected to expand.
Automatically, travel into eastern and central Africa becomes substantially easier.
But more than that, it raises Rwanda’s profile several notches as an attractive tourist destination, and it validates the country’s own approach for putting their horrific genocidal past behind them.
The Rwandan government is working hard at reconciliation, but by the Rwandan people are taking that process in their own hands with in their own version of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
You can read more about Rwanda’s road to national healing here.
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