On a continent where an underdeveloped transportation infrastructure has long hindered economic growth, a virtual constellation of airports in Central East Africa might well warrant some reason for optimism. A 600-mile-long “Equator Cluster” of airports around Lake Victoria, in Entebbe, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; and Kigali, Rwanda, all support the growth of aviation traffic in the East African region.
U.S.-based aviation services provider Tempus Jets has partnered with the government of Rwanda to establish a stronger private aviation presence in the region. The Newport News, Va. company announced plans to establish FBO services at Kigali International Airport as well as position a number of turbine-powered aircraft there for on-demand charter use.
Middle East-based flight operations group Nexus is moving into Africa with plans to establish a flight operations center (FOC) in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Nexus has just signed a memorandum of understanding for the project with the Rwanda Development Board.