Congo Airways: Nearly 80 thousand USD in losses recorded in two days of strike

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Kinshasa, october 18th, 2022 (CPA).– The company Congo Airways is recording a loss of 40 thousand US dollars per day due to the strike initiated by workers since Monday throughout the entire extent of the Democratic Republic of Congo, learned the CPA from some agents who requested anonymity.

This shortfall, which is not certified by the finance departments, is calculated on the basis of the plane tickets sold to passengers using Congo Airways aircraft per day at 199 US Dollars per ticket for 165 passengers, not including invoicing  luggages.

This strike also causes damage to economic operators and to the improvement of the business climate in DRC. Contacted by the CPA, some agents attributed this walkout to the non-payment of salaries of contractual staff for seven months and 19 for non-contractual staff.

They also demand the installation of the trade union delegation in order to assert their rights, in particular social justice. The agents of this company have, moreover, pleaded with the President of the Republic, through the government, for his involvement in the resolution of the problems which plague this company.

« At this stage the daily production of Congo Airways will not be able to cover all these salary arrears », said the spokesperson, whose name was not revealed to the press, who specified that they have children and homes to feed and educate.

Flight disruptions

Following this strike, flights were disrupted, creating desolation in the stronghold of passengers. Mr. John Lusulu, one of the passengers contacted by the CPA, deplored the late postponement of flights for a later date, « I bought my ticket at Jeffrey Travels for Lubumbashi-Kinshasa, and Kinshasa-Kindu », but we are disappointed with this behavior on the part of our airlines knowing that the cause is legitimate.

It should be recalled that the financial director, Émile Gilbert Kakese was charged after an investigation by the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF) for the embezzlement of approximately 1.5 million US dollars deducted each month from the amount intended for the purchase of fuel by the company. CPA/