RwandAir and Qatar Airways have signed a codeshare agreement to link their networks via hubs at Kigali and Doha.
The interline agreement will give customers access to the networks of both airlines, spanning more than 160 destinations.
The deal follows the airlines’ recent loyalty partnerships announcement, giving RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty members access to each other’s destinations and use points on either.
RwandAir chief executive Yvonne Makolo said: “We’re really excited to be opening up more of the world to our customers through the new interline agreement with Qatar Airways.
Akbar Al-Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive, said: “This partnership cements our commitment to giving travellers the widest choice of destinations.
“Africa is a hugely important market for us and this latest partnership will help support the recovery of international air travel and offer unrivalled connectivity to and from a number of new African destinations.”
RwandAir operates services throughout Africa and to long-haul destinations including London Heathrow, from its Kigali hub.
Customers will be able to connect through Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha to access Qatar Airways’ destinations, which span every continent.
Qatar Airways plan to offer more frequencies to its key hubs. It serves Kigali from Doha five times per week via Entebbe on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.