Congo Airways is the national flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The airline first commenced operations on 20 October 2015, using two Airbus A320 aircraft that it acquired from Alitalia.
Congo Airway is 100% state-controlled and owned by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and was established to foster greater socio-economic integration by creating a better connected and more efficient transportation network. The airline is based at N'djili Airport in Kinshasa, from which it serves domestic Congolese destinations. The airline has a long-term plan to expand its fleet and serve more international markets. The airline currently has a number of E190-E2 jets on order, expected to be delivered in 2022.
The airline is currently the only national carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although, a 2nd national carrier named Air Congo has been proposed to launch in 2022.
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As of January 2021, the airline mostly operates domestic flights, flying between major cities and destinations in the Congo from its hub at N'djili Airport. This includes flights to smaller airports, such as Beni and Buta Zega. Internationally, the airline currently operates to Johannesburg-OR Tambo airport in South Africa, and Douala International Airport in Cameroon.
The airline flies to the following destinations:
|Cameroon||Douala||Douala International Airport||DLA|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Goma||Goma Airport||GOM|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Kananga||Kananga Airport||KGA|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Kindu||Kindu Airport||KND|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Kinshasa||Kinshasa–N'djili||FIH|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Kisangani||Kisangani Airport||FKI|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Mbandaka||Mbandaka Airport||MDK|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Mbuji-Mayi||Mbuji-Mayi Airport||MJM|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Moanda||Muanda Airport||MNB|
|South Africa||Johannesburg||OR Tambo International Airport||JNB|
Congo Airways' checked baggage for standard ticket fares are as follows:
2 bags, each measuring no more than 62 inches or 157cm (length + width + height). The maximum weight for checked baggage is 50 pounds (23 kilograms).
Passengers can carry one piece of baggage into the cabin, as well as one personal item, such as a briefcase, camera bag, handbag, or small backpack. Carry-on baggage should fit into the overhead bins or under the seat. The maximum measurements for carry on baggage is 114 centimetres in combined width, length and height.
Online check-in is available, from 24 hours of departure and up until 60 minutes before scheduled departure.
As well as checking-in online, passengers are also able to check-in at the airport. It is recommended to arrive two hours prior to scheduled departure, or as early as possible. The closure of airport check-in times will depend on the airport you are departing from.
There are two class fares available: Economy and Business Class.
In the Economy cabin, passengers can enjoy comfortable seating, with padded armrests and headrests, and ample storage in the overhead compartments and under the seat.
In the Business cabin, passengers can enjoy a quieter cabin separated from the Economy passengers, as well as the benefits of priority boarding. Additional complementary services, such as food and drinks, are also provided, depending on the route being operated.
The amenities that passengers can expect during the flights, including inflight beverages and meal/snacks, will be detailed during the booking process.
The airline’s fleet includes the Airbus A320-200, which can seat up to 160 passengers, and the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, which can seat up to 69 passengers. Congo Airways has also placed an order for 4 Embraer 190-E2/195-E2 aircraft, which can seat between 95 and 120 passengers and are expected to be delivered in 2022.
The airline does not currently have a frequent flyer program.
The airline is not currently a member of an airline alliance porgram.
The airline is based at N'djili Airport (N'Djili International Airport, and also known as Kinshasa International Airport), which serves the city of Kinshasa. FIH is the largest of the four international airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. International airlines based at the airport include Air France, Air Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Rwandair, Turkish Airlines, and Uganda Airlines.
The following airlines operate international flights to the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
2nd February 2021
State-owned African carrier Congo Airways has ordered another pair of Embraer E2 regional jets, six months after its first E2 order. The E2 deliveries are expected to begin in 2022. This order suggests the airline is on-track with its long-term growth strategy, which could see the airline begin operating to a greater number of both regional and international destinations.