Kavumu Airport

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Kuvumu Airport
Bukavu Kuvumu Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Location Bukavu, DRC
Elevation AMSL 5,643 ft / 1,720 m
Coordinates 02°18′32″S 028°48′31″E / 2.30889°S 28.80861°E / -2.30889; 28.80861
BKY is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Kavumu Airport (IATA: BKYICAO: FZMA) is the domestic airport serving Bukavu,[1] the capital city of the Sud-Kivu (South Kivu) province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The airport is located about 25 km (16 mi) north of Bukavu.[3]


The airport is at an elevation of 5,643 feet (1,720 m) above mean sea level. It has one 2,000 by 45 metres (6,562 ft × 148 ft) runway designated 17/35 with an asphalt surface.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation[4] Goma, Kalemie, Kongolo, Lubumbashi
Plans at the Kavumu Airport.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 1 September 2008 a Beechcraft 1900C-1 registered as ZS-OLD operated by CEM Air for the charity Air Serv International was 15 km out on approach to Bukavu when it flew into a steep ridge on Mount Kahuzi at 10,000 ft near Bukavu-Kavum. All 15 passengers and 2 crew aboard were killed.[5]
  • On 14 February 2011 a LET L-410 registered 9Q-CIF of African Air Services Commuter flying a cargo flight on behalf of the World Food Programme from Kavumu to Lusenge (near Kava) crashed shortly after departure from Kavumu. The aircraft impacted Mont Bienga, killing both the Ukrainian pilot and Congolese co-pilot, and destroying the aircraft.[6][7]
  • On 12 February 2012, a Gulfstream IV business jet carrying then-finance minister (and future prime minister) of the DRC, Augustin Matata Ponyo, crashed while landing at Kavumu airport. The crash killed both pilots and two passengers as well as two farmers on the ground, while two passengers including Ponyo survived with injuries.


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for FZMA from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for BKY at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Distance and heading from Bukavu to airport". WikiMapia. Retrieved 18 Feb 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.caacongo.com
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Crash: African Air Services L410 near Kavumu on Feb 14th 2011, impacted mountain". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 

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