Photo caption: Director General of Rwanda CAA and his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of Congo, both in the middle flanked by other representatives from both CAAs, presenting the documents of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) signed by both countries recently in Kinshasa, the DRC capital
Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have opened a new phase of diplomatic relationship as the two countries recently signed a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA).
The agreement was initialed in Kinshasa, DRC by Jean Tshiumba Mpunga, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the DRC and his Rwandan counterpart, Silas Udahemuka in the presence of Vital Kamerhe, Chief of Staff of the President of the DRC and Yvonne Manzi Makolo, Managing Director of Rwandair.
Under this agreement, Congo Airways and Rwandair can now serve a defined number of cities in both countries. Rwandair is expected to start flight services to Kinshasa and Goma in the coming months.
To date, there are no direct flight services between Kinshasa and Kigali, the capitals of the two neighboring countries. The shortest route is operated by Kenya Airways via Nairobi.