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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. 

Location Details
CountryRwandaLatitude-1.966389
Province / DistrictVille de KigaliLongitude30.13306
Town or City (Closest)KigaliElevation (ft and m)4,891 ft / 1,491 m
Airfield NameKigaliIATA and ICAO CodesKGL / HRYR
Open From (hours)24 hrsOpen To (hours)24 hrs

Runways

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.

Runway #1

Runway Dimensions

3,500 m X 60 m

Orientation

10/28

Surface

All weather asphalt to ICAO standards.

Helicopter Pad(s)

Helipad #1

Present (Yes / No)

Yes

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.    

Surface

Asphalt

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.

Customs

Yes

JET A-1 fuel

Yes

Immigration

Yes

AVGAS 100

Yes

Terminal Building

Yes

Single Point Refueling

Yes

Passenger Terminal

Yes

Air Starter Units

Yes

Cargo terminal

Yes

Ground Power (mobile)

Yes

Pax transport to airfield

Yes

Ground Handling Services

Yes

Control Tower

Yes

Latrine Servicing

Yes

Weather Facilities

Yes

Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)

Yes

Catering Services

Yes

De-icing Equipment

No

Base Operating Room

N/A

Parking Ramp Lighting

Yes

Airport Radar

Yes

Approach & Runway Lights

Yes

NDB

N/A

VOR

Yes

ILS

Yes

 

 

Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicators

Performance for 2013

Annual Figures

MonthlyDaily

Total aircraft movements

19,2001,60057

Total passengers

600,00050,0001,666

Total capacity of the airport (metric tons)

N/AN/AN/A

2010 activity of the airport (metric tons)

6,35253019

Current use by Humanitarian flights (UNHAS)

N/AN/AN/A

Airport Operating Details

Operating Details
Maximum sized aircraft which can be offloaded on bulk cargoB777 or A330
Maximum sized aircraft that can be offloaded on palletNo limit
Total aircraft parking area (m²)58,000 m²  
Storage Area (mt)1,800 mtCubic Meters (m³)N/A
Cargo Handling Equipment Available (Yes / No)YesIf "Yes" specify below
Elevators / Hi Loaders (Yes / No)YesMax Capacity (mt)N/A
Can elevators / hi loaders reach the upper level of a B747 (Yes / No)Yes
Loading Ramps (Yes / No)Yes

Storage Facilities

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.

Airfield Cost

Navigation Charges

For information on all fees, please see the links below:

Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority Website

Charges for Aerodrome and Air Navigation Services

Aeronautical Information Publication

 

Aircraft Weight - MTOW (kg)

Navigation (per journey) USD - $

Landing USD - $ (per 1000kg)

Night Landing USD - $

Night Take-Off USD - $

ParkingHandling Charges
03,500$20.00$4.50N/AN/A$6.00N/A
3,50110,000$30.00$4.50N/AN/A$6.00N/A
10,00120,000$35.00$4.50N/AN/A$6.00N/A
20,00127,000$100.00$4.50N/AN/A$6.00N/A
27,00150,000$100.00$4.50N/AN/A$9.00N/A
50,00170,000$100.00$4.90N/AN/A$9.00N/A
70,00195,000$100.00$4.90N/AN/A$13.00N/A
95,001115,000$180.00$4.90N/AN/A$13.00N/A
115,001150,000$180.00$4.90N/AN/A$21.00N/A
150,001165,000$250.00$4.90N/AN/A$21.00N/A
165,001270,000$250.00$4.90N/AN/A$31.00N/A
270,000and over$310.00$4.90N/AN/A

$41.00

N/A

 

Fuel Services Charges

 Price per Unit
Jet A-1

1.5873 (US$)

AvgasN/A

Cargo Terminal Charges

For information on Rwanda Cargo Terminal Charges, please see the following link:

Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority Information on Charges

Import

Rate US$ / kg

Handling Charge per kg

Minimum $17.00/ $1.30

Break Bulk Fee

$56.00

Diplomatic Mail

$1.30

Strong Room - per consignment

$1.30

Cold Storage Fee

$1.30

Delivery outside normal working hours

N/A

Preparation of substitute AOA - Invoice - Receipt

$1.30

Storage per kg per day - Grace period? hours

$0.10 72 hours

Export

Rate US$ / kg

Handling charges - Unpalletized cargo

$20.00

International Air WayBill

$20.00

Local Air WayBill

$20.00

Air Way Bill Amendment - Cancellation

$20.00

Air Way Bill Documentation

$20.00

Diplomatic Mail

$20.00

Storage charges per kg per day

$20.00

Air-bridge Charges

There are no air bridges in Rwanda.

Security

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.

Companies Available 

For information on Rwanda Airports contact details, please see the following links:

Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority

4.5 Rwanda Airport Companies Contact List

 

Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: AZ Freight Information on Rwanda