Plans for Guinea’s new airline, the eponymously named Guinea Airlines, were presented to the West African country’s president, Alpha Condé, in Conakry during February 2017 and progress towards launch appears to be on track.
A private company, Guinea Airlines is working with the country’s civil aviation authority (AGAC) and it has now applied for an ‘aeronautical operating license’ (AEP) to begin domestic and regional flights.
For its part, the Guinean Government is upgrading the country’s main airports to meet ICAO standards and sees the new airline as a catalyst for the country’s local and regional development.
Based at Conakry-Gbessia Airport, Guinea Airlines is the result of a private partnership between the Guinean Business Marketing Group (GBM) of Antonio Souaré and the Regourd Group. It has one Embraer ERJ145 and an ATR 72-500 for domestic routes that will include Kankan, N’Zérékoré and Labé and regional flights to Labé-Dakar-Banjul, N’Zérékoré-Abidjan and N’Zérékoré-Monrovia-Freetown.
Regourd Aviation will contribute its operational expertise, aircraft and organisation to ensure reliable services. The Regourd Group has been present in Africa for more than 40 years and is experienced in operations for oil and mining companies.
Studies have shown significant potential for the domestic market and it only remains for the airport modernisation project to permit flights to begin. (africanaerospace, photo: Guinea Airlines)