Cape Town - Congo Airways, the flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is set to operate weekly flights from Kinshasa to Johannesburg from the end of March 2018.
The services from Kinshasa to Johannesburg will be the first destination beyond the Congo’s borders, after initially planning to launch these flights at the end of 2016.
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The three weekly flights will be operated by an Airbus A320-200, with 10 seats in business class and 150 in economy.
Ownership of the airline is divided between government and local and international investors.
"After conquering the domestic network, Congo Airways announces its new regional destinations from the end of March 2018: Johannesburg and Douala A good start of the week to all. #ThePleasureOfTravelling," says Congo Airways in a Facebook Post.
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The airlines Director General, Desire Balazire, says 2018 will be a watershed year for the airline’s expansion plans.
In its expansion plan, Congo Airways also plans to launch flights to Dubai, its first destination outside of Africa. These flights will be operated by a leased Airbus A330.
Later in the year, two more Airbus A320s will be added to its fleet, which presently comprises two Airbus A320s and two Bombardier Q400s, to support regional expansion.
Other destinations that Congo Airways plans to launch flights to include Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cotonou (Benin), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Nairobi (Kenya).
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