Air Serv has begun flight operations in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to support humanitarian programs in the region.
Kalemie is a town on the western shore of Lake Tanganyika in the mineral-rich Katanga Province of the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Secessionist violence has created a humanitarian catastrophe in the region to which several United Nations agencies and other international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) are responding.
With a Kalemie-based Cessna Grand Caravan (C208B), Air Serv is flying medical and other relief workers to and from work sites that are too difficult or too hazardous to access via road.
Passengers on Air Serv’s flights include personnel of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and the World Bank.
Kalemie is Air Serv’s fourth base in the DRC, joining Lubumbashi, Bukavu, and Bunia.
With a fleet of six Cessna Caravans, U.S.-based Air Serv specializes in “last mile” air transportation in support of East African humanitarian programs. Air Serv also provides commercial air charter, facility, and aircraft maintenance services.