Rwanda has progressed a campaign to boost its operators' access to other African markets by signing a bilateral air service agreement with Burundi.
The accord follows open-skies deals Rwanda has struck with South Sudan, Lesotho and Swaziland, and frees the national airlines - Air Burundi and RwandAir - to operate unlimited frequencies between the two countries.
Deogratius Rurimunza, Burundi's transport minister, says the agreement will "progressively remove restrictions on routes, capacity and airline ownership", while his Rwandan counterpart Alexis Nzahabwanimana hails the deal for helping to "promote an international aviation system based on competition among airlines in the marketplace with minimum government interference and regulation"
Innovata schedules show that Air Uganda, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, RwandAir and South African Airways operate flights between Burundi and Rwanda.
The Rwandan government says it hopes to conclude a similar agreement with Malawi.