Burundi and Qatar sign air service agreement
Burundi's government has signed a new air service agreement with Qatar, allowing the two national airlines (Qatar Airways and Air Burundi) to fly up to seven times a week between Doha and Bujumbura. The formal pact covers passengers and cargo services and allows for intermediate stops en route from and to Bujumbura. Burundi is currently the least-connected country in Eastern Africa, with regular air services only provided by Brussels Airlines from Europe; by Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, RwandAir, and Air Uganda from within the wider Eastern African region; and by South African Airways from within Southern Africa. The formal enactment of the agreement now permits Qatar Airways – Air Burundi does not operate long-haul aircraft as it only has one Beech aircraft and one MA60 aircraft – to commence flights to Bujumbura.