A new DR Congo airline jointly owned by Brussels Airlines and George Forrest, an industrial group which operates in DR Congo, is ready to take off in the next few weeks, the co-Chief Executive Officer of Brussels Airlines, Bernard Gustin, has announced.
Known as Korogo, it is intended by Brussels Airlines to strengthen its European network to establish its leadership in Africa and have a competitive advantage compared to African airlines.
“There are only a few formalities to be completed and the planes will take off in a few weeks,” Gustin told the press in Brussels on Monday.
Brussels Airlines said it was pleased with the turnover on its African destinations, despite a slight decline recorded following political developments in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Tunisia and Egypt.
The number of passengers on flights to African destinations increased by 21%, five times higher than the increases recorded in other destinations.
Brussels Airlines plans to double its flights to Bamako, Mali, to two flights a week. The Malian capital will be the 7th destination that Brussels Airlines will open in a year to Africa, after Accra, Cotonou, Lome and Ouagadougou, Agadir and Marrakech