Cameroon’s national carrier, Camair-Co has announced its maiden internal flight to Bafoussam in the West region of the country beginning April 15. The announcement was made some few days after a new airlines company, Fly Caminter said it was launching operations in Cameroon. Paul Sandjo Nana, the general manager of Camair-Co recently revealed that with the reopening of the Douala International airport, the two MA60 aircraft acquired from the Chinese will return was to service between Douala and Yaounde, and perform two rotations every day.
Sandjo Nana observed that the planes now have four trained crews which has provided Camair-Co the opportunity to launch the Bafoussam route in April 15, Ngaoundere on the 22nd of April and finally Malabo including other cities of the sub-region from April 30th. Camair-Co is anticipating a tough competition following the arrival of Fly CamInter which is part of a French consortium, Group Regourd Aviation. Cameroon Concord gathered that CamInter was supposed to begin domestic services on Sunday the 27th of March.However, at the time of filing this report, CamInter has still not taken off.
Interestingly, it was the manager of the Nsimalen International Airport who issued a public statement claiming CamInter flights have been postponed to a later date. The nation’s national daily, Cameroon Tribune reported Fly CamInter is 51% owned by a “private Cameroonian citizen”, and it got its Air Operator's Certificate from the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority on August 2014 and its fleet currently consists of a Dornier 228-212, an ERJ 145 and an ATR 72.
The cancellation of CamInter flights has been blamed on some sets of administrative issues and some insiders say the company will go operational within the next ten days. Specialized in private flights, Fly CamInter proposes for a start to serve the cities of Yaounde, Douala, Garoua and Maroua, before expanding its wings to other localities, depending on the density of applications and availability of airports.
Correspondingly, some very disturbing news filtered to our intelligence unit that CamInter is the creation of some highly placed Cameroon government officials both in the Ministry of Transport and at the Presidency of the Republic. We are keeping an eye on this latest development and we will keep our readers posted as we get enough details of CPDM personalities concern.