The Board of Directors of Cameroon Airlines Corporation (Camair-Co) approved the programme of introducing two new destinations of the air company notably Lagos and Bamako.
Though no particular date has been unveiled for the start of the flights to these new destinations, the Board that held its 34th session recently, instructed the Director General to deepen studies on the profitability of the new destinations. By extending its flights to Lagos in Nigeria and Bamako in Mali, the national airline company is still implementing its regional strategy launched in 2017 with new destinations such as Dakar (Senegal), Libreville (Gabon), Bangui (CAR) and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire). To fly to all these destinations, the company has acquired a new 70-seat aircraft Dash8-Q400 to increase the size of its fleet to six airplanes. The Bombardier Dash8-Q400 acquired by leasing from the emirate company Abu Dhabi Aviation arrived Cameroon recently. The ceremony to officially present the aircraft has been pushed forward to take place in the days ahead after it was initially planned for May 22, at the Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport. CAMAIR-CO pilots we learnt, have already undergone qualification tests in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to prepare the crew for effective commencement of activity by the plane. «Its speed and versatility capabilities will complement and support the two B737 routes, expanding market opportunities,» Camair-Co’s management told reporters. With this new aircraft, the national airline corporation now has five active aircraft in its fleet notably two Boeing B737NG and two MA60. The company plans to acquire a second Bombardier Dash8-Q400 by the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2018, concordant sources say. After receiving appreciation from the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) on the pivotal role Camair-Co plays in the growth of CEMAC sub-regional economy, the company has taken new measures to better position itself in the airspace of not only CEMAC but also in West Africa. Since the start of this year, the national airline company has witnessed 98 per cent increase in passengers. Going by the statistics, 77,628 passengers have been transported so far in 2018 as against 33,015 passengers in 2017. This gives an average of 30,000 passengers transported every month in Cameroon and the sub-region. The company’s turn-over has also witnessed an upward move from FCFA 2 billion in the first quarter of 2017 to about FCFA 6 billion during the same period in 2018. Camair-Co carries out 150 flights per week to the satisfaction of its clients.