- Kenya Airways will start flights to Congo Brazzaville following an air transport agreement signed between two countries on Tuesday.
Speaking at the Ministry of Transport headquarters at Transcom House, minister Chirau Mwakwere said agreement was the fourth since July. Others are with Uganda, Yemen and Burkina Faso.
"These reviews and the conclusion of new agreements are aimed at opening up opportunities and expanding the route networks for our local operators," he said.
Minister said Kenya Airways had continued to expand its flight destinations, currently serving 43 routes both international and domestic in over 36 countries in Africa.
The agreement was signed by Mr Mwakwere and Congo Brazzaville's minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Mr Emile Ousso, who denied reports that their airspace was unsafe, adding that his country hosted other major airlines such as Air France.
"The signing of this agreement will open up a number of trade opportunities between our two states. If the business opportunities are exploited, it will increase trade volumes, thereby ensuring that commercial relations between Kenya and Congo are enhanced for the benefit of the two peoples," said the minister.
Mr Mwakwere also said available opportunities had led to an increase in the number of passengers using Kenyan airports, thus necessitating expansion programmes currently going on at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Kisumu Airport.
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