Rwanda's national carrier RwandAir on Wednesday launched its first direct flight between Kigali and Cape Town via Zimbabwean capital Harare, reaching the airline's goal to serve two of South Africa's most vibrant cities as it already operates in Johannesburg.

RwandAir said that the new route will be operational four times a week all year round - with the aircraft departing from Kigali, collecting passengers in Harare, and then touching down in Cape Town.

The airline's new route was made successful by collaboration with Cape Town Air Access, a partnership between Wesgro, a Western Cape Government agency, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa, South African Tourism, and Cape Town Tourism.

"We welcome the introduction of the direct route from Kigali via Harare to Cape Town, not only does this facilitate improved business and tourism between the two capitals, but further positions the Cape as a gateway to Africa," Wesgro chief executive Tim Harris said.

Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said that the province's goal with was to grow the number of jobs in the tourism industry and this route opens up new opportunities for business and the tourism sector. 

- African News Agency (ANA)