Brussels Airlines speaks about a good/encouraging start of Korongo Airlines.
Keeping in mind that Korongo didn't have a big amount of time in which they could sell tickets before operations really started, the numbers are completely in line with the business plan.
Lubumbashi-Johanesburg has an average loadfactor of 60% (and rising) and business class is well occupied. Because of that encouraging start the decision to upgrade the amount of flights from 2 to 4 per week was approved. 3 of these flights connect to the Lubumbashi-Kinshasi route.
On the FBM-FIH route the average loadfactor is 50%, also in line with the business plan so also here a capacity increase (with more 737's instead of BAe146). On the 3 flights that connect directly to the Brussels route of SN, the average loadfactor is about 75%. About 25% of the pax on the Brussels-Kinshasa flights continue their journey to FBM and their number is rising every day.
As the infrastructure works at Kolwezi and Mbuji-Mayi are finished (or about to be finished) they will start flights to these destinations, no exact date is given, but it will be during this summer.
In the comming weeks the second BAe 146 will also fly to DRC to start operations for Korongo.http://www.tijd.be/nieuws/ondernemingen_transport/Vliegende_start_voor_Korongo_Airlines.9212890-3085.art