• Short Summary

    THE NEW AIR LINK BETWEEN LUBASHI AIRPORT, CONGO-KINSHASA, AND ATHENS, GREECE, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED LAST WEEK, CONGOLESE DEPUTY MINISTER OF TRANSPORT M.

  • Description

    THE NEW AIR LINK BETWEEN LUBASHI AIRPORT, CONGO-KINSHASA, AND ATHENS, GREECE, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED LAST WEEK, CONGOLESE DEPUTY MINISTER OF TRANSPORT M. MANDEVO AND GREEK TRANSPORT MINISTER EMMANUAL FTHENAKIS AND AIR CONGO CHAIRMAN M. LOUIS LUMUMBA BOARDED A PLANE TO BE THE FIRST PEOPLE TO FLY THE NEW ROUTE FROM LUBASHI AIRPORT TO ATHENS.

    AIR CONGO ALREADY HAS SERVICES TO PARIS, ROME AND BRUSSELS -- AS WELL AS INTERNAL LINES BETWEEN KINSHASA AND LUBASHI -- AND THE FIGURES PUBLISHED IN MARCH INDICATE THAT THEY CARRIED A RECORD NUMBER OF 198,712 PASSENGERS AND SEVEN MILLION TONS OF MERCHANDISE DURING 1968. THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME FOR 1969 WILL INCLUDE TUNIS AND FOUR CONGOLESE CITIES.

    THE AIRCRAFT STOPPED OFF AT BUJUBURA, CAPITAL OF NEIGHBOURING BURUNDI, FOR THE FIRST STAGE OF THE JOURNEY. THE SPECIAL PASSENGERS WERE GREETED ON THE TARMAC BY THE TRANSPORT MINISTER AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BURUNDI CABINET. THERE WAS A FURTHER WELCOME FROM THE ARCHIMANDRITE OF BUJUMBURA, REPRESENTING THE GREEK COMMUNITY THERE, AND FROM MADAME MICOMBERO, ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT BURUNDI.

    AFTER A SHORT STAY THE AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF FOR THE LAST STAGE TO THE HELLENIKON AIRPORT, ATHENS. DUE TO THE NEW LINK CONGO-KINSHASA AND GREECE ARE NOW ONLY A FEW HOURS FLYING TIME APART. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED AT THE GREEK AIRPORT THE SAME EVENING.

    THE CONGOLESE AMBASSADOR TO GREECE, M. KIKANGALA, WAS THERE TO GREET THE OFFICIAL PARTY ON ARRIVAL.

    AT A RECEPTION THE NEXT DAY, TRANSPORT MINISTER FTHENAKIS UNDERLINED THE SIGNIFICANCE FOR BOTH COUNTRIES SERVICED BY THE AIR LINK OPERATED BY AIR CONGO AND OLYMPIC AIRWAYS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3UBG89WYMWB6375BPBA2FU8X8
    Media URN:
    VLVA3UBG89WYMWB6375BPBA2FU8X8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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