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Burundi Airlines is a new airline, expected to commence flights in 2021. In the meantime, you can take a look at our list of Alternative Airlines below to discover airlines which operate flights to Burundi.

About Burundi Airlines

Burundi Airlines is a planned state-owned national airline of Burundi. The startup airline is set to operate as the national carrier of that East African country of Burundi. The government of Burundi is expected to own about 92 percent stake in the new airline.

The new airline is a merger between the defunct carrier Air Burundi, which commended flights in 1957 but ceased operations in 2009, and SOBUGEA, a government-owned company which performs ground handling and airport maintenance.

Burundi Airlines is expected to commence flights in 2021. More information, regarding routes and the onboard experience, has yet to be announced.

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More information regarding what routes the airline will operate has yet to be announced.

Before ceasing operations in 2009, Air Burundi was operating flights to Bujumbura, Burundi, and Kigali in Rwanda, and Enetebbe in Uganda. It is not yet known whether the re-launched national carrier will resume these operations.

Class Fares

The Xian MA60, which was previously owned by the now defunct Air Burundi, had 52 seats. It is expected that the new airline will commence operations using this aircraft. More information, including the onboard experience and what class fares (such as Economy, Premium, and Business) are available, has yet to be announced.

Baggage Allowance

Carry-On Baggage

As the airline is in an early stage of start-up, it has yet to announce what the baggage allowance will be for passengers.

Checked Baggage

Unfortunately, this information is not yet available.

Check-In Information

Check-In Online

It is not yet known whether online check-in is available for passengers.

Airport Check-In

The airline has yet to publish a statement regarding recommended check-in times. However, in most instances it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, usually about 2 hours before scheduled departure.


The now defunct Air Burundi received an Xian MA60 two-engine turboprop aircraft. The new Burundi Airlines is expected to begin operations with those two airplanes.

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Bujumbura International Airport

Melchior Ndadaye International Airport (IATA: BJM) is an airport in Bujumbura, the former capital of Burundi. It is the only international airport in the country. The following international airlines operate flights to the airport: Air Tanzania, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, and Uganda Airlines.

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18th January 2021

A new national carrier for Burundi set to take to the skies

Burundi hasn’t had a national carrier since Air Burundi, which commended flights in 1957 but unfortunately ceased operations in 2007 due to technical difficulties. The airline briefly resumed flights between 2007 and 2009, before shutting down for the last time in 2009. Before finally shutting down, the airline was operating flights to Bujumbura, Burundi, and Kigali in Rwanda, and Enetebbe in Uganda. When Burundi Airlines takes to the skies in 2021, it will be the first time the country has had a national carrier since 2009.

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