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Hewa Bora. Boeing MD-82. Flight from Kinshasa to Kisangani.

Fly well!

Airports - discord, and how good when arriving in another place of his destination, you feel like home, because behind the grave hours flight.
No matter how difficult life is in Africa, but once arriving in the city of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, you feel really "white man."


Hewa Bora, a local Congolese carrier, will drive you two hours from the capital of the country Kinshasa to this small town located exactly at zero degrees, right on the equator. Your flight will take no more than two hours, in case you do not have to wait at the airport for extra time to load luggage from one of the local entrepreneurs. In this case, the flight may be delayed, and no one will take into account the indignation of disgruntled passengers! The plane will take off only when the cargo is fully loaded. Here, it seems, the doors slammed shut, and the plane taxied out onto the runway ...

Sama Airlines «Hewa Bora» blacklisted airlines of the European Union, Precisely because, without compliance with the rules of carriage of passengers and goods. Each airline flight is performed with a large front-loaded, which, of course, is not acceptable in terms of compliance with aviation security.

the pilots of the Congo

On the flight the plane was appointed American-made Boeing Corporation, modifications MD-82. It seems to be not bad, but the passenger cabin leads into a rage. Here overdrive noticeable even on the location of seats in the aircraft. The gap between them is so narrow, that I wondered how they were placed lush passenger.

The flight itself, from the city of Kinshasa to Kisangani, is considered to be internal, and security procedures should be simplified as much as possible. So, after arriving at the destination, all the passengers hurried to escape from this cage as quickly as possible, and passing through the visual control line, they simply went further to the airport, finishing their flight. Apparently, I was too distinguished from the crowd, since the security official invited me to approach him. After verifying my documents and finding out who I was, where and for what purpose I came, he said that I did not have enough visa to the city of Kisangani. I explained that in one country there are not two visas, but the official insisted on his own.

Kisangani Airport, waiting room.

Not too long thinking, he asked me to pay 20 dollars for a visa to the city of Kisangani. What could I do? Of course, to agree to his proposal.
Traveling through Central African countries should be prepared for such situations, and not to spoil, just built a life here.

Martynenko Igor G. - UN official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.