Kenya Airways and Congo Airways have today 22, April, announced the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) strengthening aviation ties between the two airlines that aims at boosting passenger and cargo businesses between the two markets internationally.
The partnership involves the areas of technical capacity building, commercial cooperation and human resource training that will help in promoting the exchange of knowledge, experts and innovation while supporting the viability of these two companies through financial collaboration in the face of the COVID-19 travel slowdown.
The MOU was signed by Kenya Airways Group Managing Director & CEO Allan Kilavuka and Désiré Balazire Bantu, CEO of Congo Airways, and was witnessed by Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi and his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kinshasa, on the last day of President Kenyatta’s three-day State visit of DR Congo
According to Kenya’s State House, the MOU will span 2 years with viability and sustainability of the airlines a priority . It also includes a route and code sharing provision aimed at expanding the carriers domestic, African and international networks
This agreement comes less than a month after Congo signed economic, commercial and technical cooperation agreements between the DRC and Qatar including plans towards the modernization and development of airport infrastructure as well as the capacity building of Congolese professionals. This was also during a state visit, this time by Congolese Head of State, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi to Doha, Qatar
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo