The agreement signed in Kinshasa, on the last day of President Uhuru’s three-day State visit of DR Congo, will see the two national carriers partner in areas of mutual interest including air craft maintenance, training and sharing of excess capacity.
Also included in the two-year agreement, whose overarching objective is viability and sustainability of the airlines, is a route and code sharing provision aimed at expanding the carriers domestic, African and international networks.
The partnership agreement was signed by Kenya Airways Group CEO Allan Kilavuka and his Congo Airways counterpart Desire Balazire Bantu.
Present during the signing ceremony were Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo, her Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa and Kenya’s Ambassador to DR Congo Dr George Masafu.
Kenya Airways reports worst-ever loss
In March 2021, Kenya Airways recorded a loss of KSh3.2 billion in the year ending December 31, 2020.
This is nearly three times the loss that was recorded a year earlier. In the year ending December 31, 2019, KQ recorded a loss of KSh13 billion.
KQ attributed this negative trend to the collapse of its operations and grounding of all international flights across 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.