Korogo Airline set up by Brussels Airlines and the industrial group Forrest, will be launched in the first quarter of 2011 and will operate with a Belgian license â?to avoid being on the black list of airlines ba nned from flying to Europeâ?.
The Managing Director of Brussels Airlines, Bernard Gustin, said on Wednesday th at Korogo Airlines based in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, would not only link Congolese c ities, but also the capitals of neighbouring countries – Kigali, Bujumbura, Kam p ala, Kampala and Luanda.
He said Belgian Airlines every year carried 40,000 passengers between African ci ties through flights to or from Brussels.
The strategy of Brussels Airlines is to carry out three-way flights serving two African destinations in a single round trip such as Brussels-Lome-Abidjan-Brusse l s or Brussels-Accra-Monrovia-Brussels.
Brussels Airlines recorded a 35% rise in its annual turnover in Africa last year and for the first three-quarters of 2010, its turnover has increased by 18%.
In July, Brussels Airlines launched four new African destinations Accra, Ouagado ugou, Cotonou and Lome, taking to 18 the number of stopovers in Africa with Kins h asa being the most important African stopover, with daily flights.