Congo Airways is planning to launch a multi-weekly flight from Kinshasa to Johannesburg from 1 November 2016, marking the airline’s international debut.
The airline will deploy an A320-200 on the route, with 10 seats in business class and 150 in economy. The flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo started operations in October 2015, with eight domestic routes. Ownership of the airline is divided between government and local and international investors.
According to Andries Ntjane, Deputy Director: Licencing and Permits of the SA Department of Transport, the airline has yet to apply for a licence to operate on the route to OR Tambo. He says, however, that this is not a time-consuming process and that the airline could still obtain a licence in time for its planned launch in November.
For next year, Congo Airways is also looking at launching flights to Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. The airline announced its international expansion plans after it secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) just a few months ago.
Note: Despite the fact that the airline says it will focus on innovation and excellence and that it integrates all the international safety measures, Congo Airways is currently blacklisted and banned from operating in the European Union. SAA currently operates six times a week to Kinshasa, using a Boeing 737.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Dorine Reinstein.