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Congolese Aviation Stops Ethiopian Stops Flight To DRC Goma

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After only one flight by Ethiopian Airlines to Goma, the main city in Eastern Congo, the Congolese aviation authorities forced to stop the service. The three times a week flights were re-launched only on July 10 amid much fanfare at the airport.

Ethiopian’s Bombardier Q400NextGen aircraft, with a routing from Addis Ababa via Entebbe to Goma, was apparently and suddenly declared unfit for the available runway space in Goma even though the authorities knew in advance what aircraft type Ethiopian Airlines was going to use, granted traffic rights, and participated in the welcoming celebrations. 

Sources close to Ethiopian Airlines were at this stage not willing to comment on this situation, while discussions between airline and Congolese regulators and between the Ethiopian government and their Congolese counterparts were ongoing with the aim to restore the service as quickly as possible.