Operating from Kigali, Rwanda, as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent. RwandAir operates in over 20 locations, spanning Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia, with planned expansion to the US and China. RwandAir is a member airline of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and is an EASA, IOSA and ISAGO, certified operator.
In 2018 the ICAO audited Rwanda’s aviation sector, and it was found to be operating well above the average global standards. In parallel to this, Rwanda is part of the Single African Transport Market Initiative (SAATM), aiming to improve intra-Africa efficiencies and competitiveness. These factors provide a very positive outlook for pilots looking to fly in Africa with RwandAir.
Spanning several ridges and valleys, Kigali, with its lush hillsides and bustling streets, is arguably one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as easily one of the cleanest and safest. The climate is mild with plenty of sunny weather and warm temperatures year round.
The vibrant city is the economic, cultural and political hub of Rwanda, with a mix of cultural influences including Belgian and Middle Eastern. It offers a pleasant environment for pilots wishing to live here independently or with their family with its welcoming culture, a buzzing nightlife, an established expatriate community and excellent international schools.
Many of its Kigali’s most charming elements are natural, including Mount Kigali, which you can climb in just half an hour for incredible views of the neighbouring plains and mountains. Kigali’s central location makes it a great base for exploring greater Rwanda, as well as in its neighbouring countries of Uganda, Tanzania.
Apartment living is popular with expatriates and the most affordable of the available accommodation options. There are also plenty of houses for rent and including hillside villas which look out over Kigali. The most popular area for expats in Kigali is Kimihurura. This area is at the center of Kigali and is full of beautiful houses which are a higher end accommodation option.
Kigali boasts one of the best public bus transportation systems in East Africa, known locally as matatus. This is the cheapest way to get around Kigali, and many of the buses are new and well-maintained.
Motorcycle taxis are the fastest way to get around, with helmets provided. Car taxis are also available, as well as car rental options.
Major investment has been made in infrastructure, including roads, and congestion in this city has never been particularly bad.
Rishworth Aviation has been providing contract pilots to RwandAir since 2010 and is now offering pilots the opportunity to fly for RwandAir with an open-ended contract, with upgrade possibilities for First Officers on the B737NG and A330. We have a dedicated RwandAir team based in Europe who will ensure you receive the very best service while living and working in the vibrant and colourful city of Kigali, Rwanda.