Korongo Airlines (Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) will not fly again. Yesterday (September 4) the investors decided not to restart flight operations and took the additional step to dissolve the company.
An incident a week prior to the decision grounded their only airplane, the pictured Boeing 737-3M8 OO-LTM (msn 25070) (above). The aircraft, on lease from Brussels Airlines, was damaged on August 19 on takeoff at Bipemba Airport at Mubuji-Mayi. The carrier was forced to cease operations until the decision to liquidate was made.
The airline started operations on April 16, 2012 with the help of Brussels Airlines.
The airline issued this statement:
We regret to announce that due to the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of Korongo Airlines held on September 4 in Lubumbashi, the decision was taken to stop the activity of the airline, which is put into liquidation.
Flight operations of Korongo Airlines are therefore definitively adopted.
This decision was taken because of the operating conditions extremely difficult encountered until now and the decision taken by the Congolese government to launch a new national airline against which we will not be able to compete in a spirit of search of profitability.
Korongo Airlines would like to thank all our customers for their trust and expresses its sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused by the judgment of its activities.
It goes without saying that korongo airlines will continue to take its responsibilities vis-à-vis its clients and invite any passenger who is in possession of a ticket to a trip after the September 4, 2015 to contact the company to the attention of the Liquidator who has been appointed, Mr Patrick William, at the following coordinates:
Korongo Airlines sa, company in liquidation
Avenue Msiri, 1939 Lubumbashi-rd Congo
+ 243 99 60 30 101
We thank you for your understanding.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The airline name was based on the Swahili term for large migrating birds.