Rwandair has become the first carrier in Africa to vaccinate all its staff against Covid-19, following the likes of carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Etihad.

The airline began its vaccination programmer earlier this month, with all staff and cabin crew receiving their jabs. Non-airline staff at the airline’s hub at Kigali International airport have also been vaccinated, including staff of other airlines operating at the airport.

Meanwhile, the airline recently announced that it would become the first African airline to trial the IATA Travel Pass, conducting a three-week trial in April for passengers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi in Kenya.

Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, said:

“Rwanda’s rapid roll-out of the first consignment of vaccines to arrive in the country prioritized all frontline workers, including RwandAir’s staff and crew. The vaccination programme has been designed to ensure we provide a safe and secure environment for travellers, both in the air and on the ground.”

“We have carefully considered every customer touchpoint at Kigali International Airport and on board our aircraft, as the world resumes travelling in the post-Covid era.”

“We look forward to welcoming our customers back to RwandAir. As an airline, the health and safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we have been working hard to restore our customers’ confidence to fly.”