On June 3, Korongo, a private airline owned in part by Brussels Airlines and based in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, announced the suspension of all domestic Congolese flights with immediate effect. The carrier said the move came as a result of an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) directive declaring all Congolese navigational aides to be non-compliant with international standards.
Today the airline issued this release:
We are delighted to announce the resumption of our domestic flights to Kinshasa, Mbuji-Mayi and Lubumbashi this Saturday, June 7, 2014 according to the published flight schedule. This decision follows the given guarantee of the RVA and a reinforcement of our operational procedures in adherence and accordance with our partner Brussels Airlines allowing us to operate in optimal safety conditions.
Connecting flights with Brussels Airlines for this Saturday, June 7, 2014 are confirmed.
As our flights to Johannesburg were not affected, we also uphold and maintain our three weekly frequencies.
We thank you for your understanding and words of encouragement during this particularly difficult week. We are pleased to welcome you back on board our flights always with the same desire to allow you to travel in complete security and comfort.
We take this opportunity to wish you a great holiday.
Christophe Allard – CEO
It is understood that some other airlines in Congo ignored the ICAO directive and continued to fly, a damning indictment of their commitment to safe air operations, while Korongo must be commended to have had the courage and commitment to safety, and suspended flights on domestic routes.