Ethiopian Airlines is holding negotiations with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the establishment of a new start up airline in Central Africa.
Ethiopian wants to jointly establish a new regional carrier in the DRC with the government of the DRC. Ethiopian has been eyeing the DRC for the establishment of a regional carrier in Central Africa.
According to aviation experts, the Central Africa market is underserved. Coincidently, the DRC Parliament recently passed a resolution that states the necessity of establishing a new national carrier. The management of Ethiopian wants to invest in the planned regional carrier.
CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, and members of the airline’s senior management team two weeks ago visited Kinshasa and met senior DRC government officials.
Tewolde told The Reporter that his management has a keen interest in partnering with the DRC government to establish the planned regional carrier. Tewolde said Ethiopian delegation expressed its commitment to jointly establish the regional carrier in DRC, adding that the negotiation is progressing.
The DRC has also received expression of interests from European carriers.
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