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Despite headwinds, Burundi re-launches airline amid similar African initiatives

THE tiny landlocked African republic of Burundi will relaunch a state-owned airline next year, more than a decade after the failure of its erstwhile carrier, Air Burundi, reports Bloomberg, The state will hold a 92 per cent stake in Burundi Airlines, which will be the latest carrier to enter East African skies after the introduction of Uganda Airlines and the revamping of Air Tanzania

01 January 2021 - 19:00
THE tiny landlocked African republic of Burundi will relaunch a state-owned airline next year, more than a decade after the failure of its erstwhile carrier, Air Burundi, reports Bloomberg,

The state will hold a 92 per cent stake in Burundi Airlines, which will be the latest carrier to enter East African skies after the introduction of Uganda Airlines and the revamping of Air Tanzania.



A Belgian company will take a four per cent stake and the rest will belong to state-owned insurer Societe d'Assurances du Burundi, or Socabu, according to a cabinet statement.



The airline will be formed through the merger of Sobugea, an agency that runs the country's airports, and Air Burundi, which has not operated a plane since 2009.


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