Rwanda Airports Company has chosen RESQTEC as its partner for the supply of aircraft recovery equipment, training and services.

The collaboration between Dutch firm RESQTEC and Rwanda Airports Company aims to enhance Kigali International Airport’s preparedness for runway excursions and reduce the impact on operations.

By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, we aim to fortify the entire aviation ecosystem

Charles Habonimana, Rwanda Airports Company

By acquiring RESQTEC’s latest aircraft recovery technologies, including the innovative R2S lifting system, Kigali is projected to reduce runway closure time after an incident by more than 50%. The R2S lifting system is specifically designed to facilitate controlled and continuous lifting in one shot, accommodating the new generation of larger and heavier aircraft with innovative wing designs. The equipment is quick, easy to use, and highly durable, enabling swift removal of disabled aircraft without compromising stability or incurring secondary damages, RESQTEC said.

Rwanda Airports Company managing director Charles Habonimana said: “We are now better equipped than ever before to swiftly and effectively address aircraft incidents across all our facilities.

“Moreover, we stand poised to share our invaluable expertise with our neighbours in the region should the need arise. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, we aim to fortify the entire aviation ecosystem, cultivating a safer and more resilient environment for all.”

Martijn Poen, international sales manager at RESQTEC, added: “Rwanda sets the standard for aircraft recovery preparedness in Africa. RESQTEC, together with our local Rwandan partner GBB Engineering, is honoured to be part of it.“

The project included the successful delivery and commissioning of the equipment, and training of the dedicated aircraft recovery team at Rwanda Airports Company.