Rwanda is a land locked country considering its strategic geographical location.The government of Rwanda has made a decision to revamp the air transport systems by massive investments in aviation infrastructure and creating the environment that attracts both public and private participation.
Government decided to support the subsector as air transport facilitates trade and investment, open up new destinations for the benefit of tourists and business travels, technology transfer among others benefits.
Air transport sub-sector vision
The air transport sub-sector vision is to access to safe, affordable, efficient and environmental friendly air transport systems for accelerated social economic development.
Air transport sub-sector mission
a. Ensuring provision and development of safe, efficient, cost effective, and environment friendly air transport services in support of strategies for social development of the country.
b. Ensuring development and operation of domestic air services, and facilitate and improve international air services to promote air travel and trade in keeping with international standards, giving particular emphasis on safety and security aspects.
Objectives of the air transport sub-sector
The overall policy objective of the air transport sector is to develop domestic air services through the establishment of domestic airports and to establish new or improved external air links with full instrument landing system facility driven by a knowledgeable and skillful force.
Specific objectives related to air public transport are to:
a) Enhance safety and security of air services
b) Capacity building
c) Strengthen legal and institutional framework and improve service delivery system
d) Promote and implement the Yamoussoukro Decision
e) To make Rwanda an aviation hub of the region by offering up to date, attractive air transport services, with best air transport infrastructure and a more competitive national carrier.
Key principles of air transport policy are as follows:
a) Ensure effective implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on the liberalization of the air transport Markets under the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC)as the executing agency of the decision;
b) Ensure effective implementation of the comprehensive Regional Implementation plan for aviation safety in Africa in linkage with Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP)
c) Promote improved access to reliable and safe air transportation for socio –economic development of the country, enhance quality of life and facilitate expansion of trade and tourism
d) Promote private sector participation for the improvement in the level of air transport services