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04th August, 2017.

RwandAir Opens New Hub in Benin

RwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda recently launched its regional hub in Benin to effectively serve Western and Central Africa.

RwandAir route to Cotonou-Benin was opened in 2016 connecting Rwanda to West Africa adding to already established routes including; Douala, Accra, Libreville, Abidjan and Lagos.

According to RwandAir officials, Cotonou is already a vibrant trade hub in Western Africa. It is also expected to boost tourism between Rwanda and the region that borders with Atlantic Ocean.

At the launch of Cotonou office, Aurelien Agbenonchi, Foreign Affairs Minister, Benin said the move, "is a result of cooperation agreement signed between Rwanda and Benin last year. According to Agbenonchi, part of the agreement stipulates that 51% of the returns from Cotonou flights will go to Benin, while Rwanda will take 49%.

The Launching of RwandAir hub in Cotonou which coincided with Independence Day of Benin, "We chose the launch to be on such a memorable day to affirm bilateral cooperation between our countries and the beginning of an achievement that will serve our mutual interests," Louise Mushikiwabo, Foreign Affairs Minister of Rwanda said at the launch.

Meanwhile, Benin is a strategic destination for RwandAir. According to the International Air Traffic Transport Association (IATTA), the top 10 fastest growing world markets for air travel over the next 20 years will be in Africa.

The top 10 fastest growing markets are Benin, Central African Republic, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.

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