Kigali International Airport, formerly known as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country and serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and international destinations. In 2012, constructions to expand the international airport were initiated to accommodate increased passenger handling facilities. The interior of the terminal building can now handle a capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year. The airport is located in the suburb of Kanombe, at the eastern edge of Kigali, approximately 10 km from the city centre.
The Airport is home to RwandAir, the national carrier, whose number of routes served has increased in the recent years. RwandAir operates flights scheduled to and from Accra (Ghana), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Brussels (Belgium), Bujumbura (Burundi), Douala (Cameroon), Istanbul (Turkey), Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Entebbe-(Uganda), Johannesburg (South Africa), Libreville (Gabon), Juba (South Sudan), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Lusaka (Zambia), Lagos (Nigeria), and Nairobi and Mombasa (Kenya). Domestic flights currently operate between Kigali and Kamembe in Rusizi. RwandaAir has been fast expanding with a fleet of eight aircraft. Two new aircraft of Airbus A330 type aircraft are expected in the second half of 2016 to increase the fleet number to ten.
Other international airlines which also offer services to/from Kigali are Astral Aviation, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Fly Dubai, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Martinair, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
|Province / District||Ville de Kigali||Longitude||30.13306|
|Town or City (Closest)||Kigali||Elevation (ft and m)||4,891 ft / 1,491 m|
|Airfield Name||Kigali||IATA and ICAO Codes||KGL / HRYR|
|Open From (hours)||24 hrs||Open To (hours)||24 hrs|
The surface, strength and general condition of the parking area is good. There is sufficient lighting and the markings are clear. Expansion and runway rehabilitation work has been undertaken and the taxiing and parking areas can accommodate a wide range of aircraft types up to a maximum of five aircraft. Access to fuel and unloading is good.
3,500 m X 60 m
|All weather asphalt to ICAO standards.|
Present (Yes / No)
Largest helicopter that can land
Mi-26 (no limit)
Width and Length (metres)
Helicopters using KGL are requested to park on the large remote stand.
Airport Infrastructure Details
The Infrastructure changes that are ongoing include construction, upgrading, improvement and extension of Kigali International Airport and other facilities. All works are progressing well and promising to change the physical appearance and the capacity of the Airport hence improved aviation services leading to increased growth in Rwanda.
The Construction and improvement of works to the existing terminal is being carried out in a fully functional passenger terminal environment by a Switzerland based International Company called ROKO CONSTRUCTION and supervision works are done by SNC-LAVALIN under Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority.
JET A-1 fuel
Single Point Refueling
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Pax transport to airfield
Ground Handling Services
Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)
Base Operating Room
Parking Ramp Lighting
Approach & Runway Lights
Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicators
Performance for 2013
Total aircraft movements
Total capacity of the airport (metric tons)
2010 activity of the airport (metric tons)
Current use by Humanitarian flights (UNHAS)
Airport Operating Details
|Maximum sized aircraft which can be offloaded on bulk cargo||B777 or A330|
|Maximum sized aircraft that can be offloaded on pallet||No limit|
|Total aircraft parking area (m²)||58,000 m²|
|Storage Area (mt)||1,800 mt||Cubic Meters (m³)||N/A|
|Cargo Handling Equipment Available (Yes / No)||Yes||If "Yes" specify below|
|Elevators / Hi Loaders (Yes / No)||Yes||Max Capacity (mt)||N/A|
|Can elevators / hi loaders reach the upper level of a B747 (Yes / No)||Yes|
|Loading Ramps (Yes / No)||Yes|
Upon arrival of goods at the airport, notice of arrival is given by MAGERWA (Magasin Generaux – “bonded warehouse”) office at the airport to the forwarding agent (F/A) who contacts the consignee. The air waybill is collected from airline and Rwanda air Cargo Office. The F/A completes the customs declaration form with the amount of tax stated with the attached air waybill and commercial invoice.
Additionally, other documents such as a Certificate of Origin are attached and presented to the customs officer who checks the tax calculations and completeness of the documents before payment. Handling charges and storage fees are paid to MAGERWA and the goods are then released. During emergency situations special arrangements can be made at government offices so that goods can be cleared within 3 days.
For information on all fees, please see the links below:
|Aircraft Weight - MTOW (kg)|
Navigation (per journey) USD - $
Landing USD - $ (per 1000kg)
Night Landing USD - $
Night Take-Off USD - $
Fuel Services Charges
|Price per Unit|
Cargo Terminal Charges
For information on Rwanda Cargo Terminal Charges, please see the following link:
Rate US$ / kg
Handling Charge per kg
Minimum $17.00/ $1.30
Break Bulk Fee
Strong Room - per consignment
Cold Storage Fee
Delivery outside normal working hours
Preparation of substitute AOA - Invoice - Receipt
Storage per kg per day - Grace period? hours
$0.10 72 hours
Rate US$ / kg
Handling charges - Unpalletized cargo
International Air WayBill
Local Air WayBill
Air Way Bill Amendment - Cancellation
Air Way Bill Documentation
Storage charges per kg per day
There are no air bridges in Rwanda.
Security is good both inside and around the terminal. Inside the terminal, the airport security personnel have radio communication and passenger and luggage screening equipment are well placed. The personnel and luggage screening equipment is positioned in two locations for double screening of passengers and hand held bags.
Outside the terminal, security personnel and police patrol within the periphery of the airport compound and are stationed at the entrance to the airport and vehicles are directed to park at a distance from the terminal. There is a public address system in use to announce flight situations and this system could be utilised for security related events.
For information on Rwanda Airports contact details, please see the following links:
Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: AZ Freight Information on Rwanda