Monday, July 29, 2013

► BURKINA FASO: Colombe Airlines, Ethiopian appointed official carriers for Hajj.

Burkinabe carrier, Colombe Airlines, has been selected by the government to operate the country's Hajj & Umrah flights. In a recent announcement, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) was also appointed an official operator for the pilgrimage.

Not much is known about Colombe (Dove) Airlines save that it was launched in June of 2012 with financing coming via its parent, Arpari Cavo Ltd. It's purported long term plans include servicing "all major African cities" with international flights also on the cards.

Established in Burkina Faso as a group of seven companies whose interests include mining, aviation and construction, Arpari Cavoalso operates in the gold export market with its UAE-subsidiary, Arpari Cavo FZE, registered at Sharjah's Airport Free zone.