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Burundi Aviation

Burundi Airports

There are 3 major airfields in Burundi which are located in Bujumbura, Gitega, Ngozi and Kirundo.

The Burundian Civil Aviation authority (AACB) is responsible for all management and operational aspects of the Burundian National Airports Network and Air Space Management System.

Their scope is to implement Government policies on civil aviation and to co-ordinate with and advise stakeholders on general developmental issues affecting civil aviation which covers; Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Control.

Burundi is a relatively small country in terms of area and there is not much requirement for many regional airports. Additionally, being such a hilly country there’s less flat land.

Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft

No aircraft can fly in the Burundian air space except if it is registered.

 

An aircraft registered in Burundi possesses a Burundian nationality.

 

An aircraft cannot be validly registered in Burundi and in another country at the same time.

Air Transport Company: (Commercial)

  1. The statute documents are prepared and legalized at the Tribunal of Commerce of Burundi.
  2. A request letter, (Provisional Air Service License) for the operation of the plane in the country is sent to the Ministry of Transport with a copy to RSA (Regie des Services Aeronautiques), Civil Aviation Authority.
    1. The letter should contain information on:
      • the type of air transport (cargo, passenger)
      • regular flights, air taxi.
      • the destinations.
      • type of aircraft and registration number
    2. The following documents are to be attached:
      • Operator, Aircraft & Crew documentation.
      • Air Operator Certificate
      • Certificate of Registration
      • Certificate of Insurance
      • Certificate of Airworthiness
      • Certificate of Maintenance Release
      • Crew licenses.
  3. After an authorization is given, a fee for the license is paid at AACB..
Humanitarian Air Transport:
  1. The agency requests (letter) authorization for the operation of the aircraft to the Ministry of Transport with copies to MINAFEX and the AACB.
    1. The letter should contain information on:
      • the type of air transport (cargo, passenger)
      • regular flights, air taxi.
      • the destinations.
      • type of aircraft and registration number.
    2. The following documents are to be attached:
      • Operator, Aircraft & Crew documentation.
      • Air Operator Certificate
      • Certificate of Registration
      • Certificate of Insurance
      • Certificate of Airworthiness
      • Certificate of Maintenance Release
      • Crew licenses.
  2. Once a favourable response, an authorization is received, the aircraft can be put to use. A provisional air service license is not necessary for the operation of humanitarian flights.
The process could take about 10 days for humanitarian flights and longer even up to a month or more for commercial flights.

For information on Burundi Airport contact details, please see the following link: 

4.4 Burundi Airport Company Contact List