Congo Airways

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Congo Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operationsOctober 2015 (2015-10)[1]
HubsN'djili Airport
Fleet size5
Parent companyDemocratic Republic of the Congo
HeadquartersKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Key people[citation needed]
  • Désiré Balaziré (CEO)
  • Jerome Maillet (Accountable Manager & Deputy CEO)
  • Xavier Bruyndonckx (COO)

Congo Airways is the flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With a paid-up capital of US$90 million, it started operations on 20 October 2015, using two Airbus A320 aircraft acquired from Alitalia. The company serves nine Congolese destinations from its base at N'djili Airport in Kinshasa.


As of June 2016, the company operates domestic routes from its hub at N'djili Airport in Kinshasa to Goma, Kindu, Kananga, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka and Mbuji-Mayi. In January 2016, the company announced that it wanted to expand services to smaller airports such as Beni and Buta Zega and internationally to Luanda, Pointe Noire, Addis Ababa, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, Lagos, and Abidjan. Long-term plans included flights to Dubai Int'l and Guangzhou.[2] In May 2018 the airline commenced flights to Douala and Johannesburg-OR Tambo airport.[3]


Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cameroon Douala Douala International Airport [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Goma Goma Airport [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Kananga Kananga Airport [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Kindu Kindu Airport [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Kinshasa–N'djili Hub[a] [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Kisangani Kisangani Airport [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Mbandaka Mbandaka Airport [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Mbuji-Mayi Mbuji-Mayi Airport [4]
Democratic Republic of Congo Moanda Muanda Airport [5]
South Africa Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport [6]
  1. ^ International Hub


The Congo Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2017:[7][better source needed]

Congo Airways fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 2 10 150 160
Boeing 737-800 1 16 138 154 Leased from Ethiopian Airlines[8]
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 2 5 64 69
Total 5

One of the aircraft was being impounded in Dublin for a few weeks in September 2015 where it was to be painted.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blachly, Linda (8 April 2016). "Aircraft News-April 8, 2016". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Kinshasa-based Congo Airways, which started operations in October 2015, added a previously owned Bombardier Q400 to its fleet, according to Bombardier. 
  2. ^ "Congo Airways outlines regional, int'l expansion plans". ch-aviation GmbH. 28 January 2016. Archived from the original on 3 September 2016.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Congo Airways le plaisir de voyager
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  6. ^ "Congo Airways adds new African destinations in May 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 12. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. ^ "Congo Airways adds maiden Boeing metal ahead of int'l debut". Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Court grounds Congolese aircraft in €10m debt dispute". RTE. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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