The Democratic Republic of Congo has reopened its airspace after closing for nearly five months due to Coronavirus pandemic. It received the first commercial passenger flight on saturday.
In an effort to curb spread of the deadly virus COVID-19 border health officials were seen taking the temperature of passengers after a mandatory hand washing with chlorinated water.
“It takes a little longer, but that’s the price to pay for a trip without risk of contamination,” said Aristotle Kabengele, who was on his way to Paris via the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. More than 200 passengers boarded an Ethiopian Airlines plane bound for Addis Ababa.
Freshly drawn markings on the runway ground separated travelers by a metre before the first commercial flight from Ndjili airport in Kinshasa took off.
According to the latest official statistics, the Democratic Republic of Congo has so far recorded 9,638 COVID-19 deaths since the first cases became known.
Airspace is gradually opening in most countries across the globe following a remarkable decline in new positive cases of the deadly pandemic.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News Correspondent