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Airline resumes DRC flights after diplomatic row

Publish date: 13 May 2024
Issue Number: 1076
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Aviation

Kenya Airways resumed its flights to Kinshasa on Wednesday following the release of its detained staff by the Congolese military on Monday. The national carrier announced that the decision follows the ‘unconditional' release of two of its employees who had been in detention since 19 April. CapitalFM reports that the airline suspended the route on 29 April, noting that the detention of staff had made it difficult for it to supervise its operations in Kinshasa. The employees had been arrested by the Congolese Military Intelligence Unit over missing customs documentation on ‘valuable’ cargo. However, the airline protested the detention of its staff, clarifying that the contested cargo had not been uplifted or accepted due to incomplete documentation.

Full CapitalFM report

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