RwandAir obtained fifth freedom rights in Nigeria airspace according to new Bilateral Air Service Agreements signed between the governments of Rwanda and Nigeria.

The two parties to also exchange aviation expertise and conduct training.

“Our mission is to facilitate movement of people and goods across Africa and beyond; therefore this particular agreement will help us achieve the objective on top of promoting trade and tourism between the two countries,” said Chance Ndagano, RwandAir’s CEO.

RwandAir expects to begin flights to Abuja in May 2018. It already flies to Lagos.

Rwanda also recently signed a similar agreement with Cape Verde, and signed a MOU with Nigeria in December 2017 to facilitate technical cooperation in aviation.

RwandAir also plans to launch flights to New York, as well as other Asian destinations in 2019.

Within Africa, flights to Conakry, Bamako, Dakar, Lilongwe, and Durban are on the horizon too.