JOHANNESBURG, Congo Airways of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced that it will launch a new service between South Africa and the DRC with immediate effect.
The flights between Kinshasa and Johannesburg will be operated three times a week, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and represent Congo Airways’ first scheduled international service.
The airline, which was established in October 2016, said here Wednesday that the new service afforded an opportunity to further strengthen relationships, build new economic partnerships, and enhance trade and tourism between the two countries.
Congo Airways said it plans to launch flights to Cameroon, Angola and Dubai next. The airline is jointly owned by the DRC government and private investors and has an ambitious plan to operate a low-cost model, which will see it adding to its fleet of aircraft to service more destinations outside the DRC.
Congo Airways chief executive Desire Balazire Bantu said it was a proud achievement for the airline to have its first international service to South Africa.
With Africa fast establishing itself as one of the most promising regions for tourism and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimating that Africa will receive 85 million international tourist arrivals by 2020, and 134 million in 2030, representing 6.3 per cent and 7.4 per cent respectively of international tourist arrivals worldwide, Bantu said.
My deepest gratitude goes to all of our stakeholders who have supported us towards making sure that our inaugural international flight promotional campaign as Congo Airways is a success. We hope that industry players in South Africa can work closely together with our Congolese partners to make the African Union agenda 2063 regarding the movement of our African people and goods successful.
The launch of Congo Airway’s DRC-South Africa route follows the two country’s adherence to the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) which was launched last month on the margins of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Source: NAM News Network