On 7 August 2017, one of the two MA 60 in the fleet owned by Camair Co, the Cameroonian public airline, landed on the runway of the Bertoua airport, in the capital city of the Eastern region. According to the management of Camair Co, this was a reconnaissance flight, as part of the preparation for the launch of the Douala-Bertoua and Yaoundé-Bertoua lines.
To achieve this, we learned, the airline has already opened a local office in the Eastern regional capital. Concurrently, indicate authorised sources, the public company Aéroports du Cameroun (ADC – Cameroon Airports), in charge of managing the airports in the country, launched renovation works at the Bertoua airport.
With the upcoming opening of the Bertoua airport to Camair Co flights, this public airline will serve eight regions out of the 10 in Cameroon. Only the towns of Ebolowa and Buea, respectively Southern and South-Western regional capitals, will still be absent from this map of destinations served by the airline, who decided to focus on domestic flights, for the moment, considering the financial difficulties it has been facing since the launch of its activities 6 years ago.
As a reminder, Bertoua is the capital of the Cameroonian region richest in mining and forest resources, but also one of the most landlocked and poorest in the country, based on different official reports.