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Rwanda by air


Kigali International Airport (IATA: KGL, ICAO: HRYR), formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country, and in addition serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The airport is located in the suburb of Kanombe, at the eastern edge of Kigali, approximately 12 kilometres (7.2 mi) from the city centre.

Kigali AirportIn 2004, the airport served 135,189 passengers. In 2008, the airport served about 300 000 passengers.

There are three terminals at Kigali. The main two storey terminal was built to replace the single storey building, now housing the VIP terminal. The main terminal can handle 6 small to mid-size aircraft, but it can also handle up to a Boeing 747 jet. The south side of the runway has two helicopter pads with access to main runway. The pads are used for military helicopters. A cargo terminal is also located at the airport. The latest upgrades to the tarmac and support systems were made in 2002. There is free WiFi in the waiting area.

Rwandair has its head office on the grounds of Kigali International Airport] The airline previously had its head office in Centenary House in Kigali.

New Kigali (Bugesera) International Airport 

There are plans to replace the current airport with a new one located south of Kigali on the south side of the Nyabarongo River in Bugesera. A new airport location is needed as the existing airport does not allow for growth (no room for additional runway and facilities). The new airport will have one runway, but it can allow a second to be added later. The project should begin in 2010, ready for flights by 2012 and completed the first phase by 2025.

 

Airports in Rwanda


 

Town

Airport name

ICAO

IATA

Usage

Customs

Runway

IFR

Rwy length

Huye

Huye

HRYI

BTQ

Priv.

No

Paved

No

2800 ft

Gabiro

Gabiro

HRYO

 

Priv.

No

Unpaved

No

2400 ft

Rubavu

Rubavu

HRYG

GYI

Civ.

No

Paved

No

3200 ft

Kamembe

Kamembe

HRZA

KME

Civ.

No

Paved

No

4900 ft

Kigali

Gregoire Kayibanda

HRYR

KGL

Civ.

Yes

Paved

Yes

11400 ft

Nemba

Nemba

HRYN

 

Civ.

No

Unpaved

No

3600 ft

Ruhengeri

Ruhengeri

HRYU

RHG

Civ.

No

Unpaved

No

4800 ft

  

Airlines and destinations Kigali Airport


  Rwanda by air

 

 
Airlines Destinations  
Air Burundi Bujumbura  Air burundi
Air Uganda Entebbe  Air Uganda
Brussels Airlines Brussels  Air Brussels
Ethiopian Airlines  Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, Entebbe  Ethiopian Airlines
Kenya Airways Bujumbura, Nairobi  Kenya Airways
 KLM Amsterdam [begins 31 October]  KLM
 Rwanda Air Bujumbura, Cyangugu, Dar es Salaam, Dubai, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa [begins October 2010] Nairobi, Mombasa   Rwanda Air
 South African Express  Johannesburg [Pending approval from government]  south african express

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