DRC Goma airport reopens after volcanic eruption closure

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - FEBRUARY 19, 2016: Outside of Goma international airport. (Photo by Giles Clarke/Getty Images.)

DR Congo’s Minister of Transport Chérubin Okende on Saturday ordered the reopening of Goma airport after closure, due to eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano.

Local media reports that the decision was made after a meeting with the crisis committee led by Prime Minister Sama Lukonde Kyenge.

The meeting aimed at analyzing the meteorological data of the airports and airspaces of Goma and Bukavu.

“The Data collected on the spot indicate a clear improvement. Thus, the minister of transport and communication is ordering the reopening of Goma Airport in North Kivu to air traffic.” The Press release read.

The government delegation led by Prime Minister Sama Lukonde landed at Goma airport Saturday.

The head of government and his delegation is carrying out a six-day working visit to North Kivu and South Kivu, mainly to take stock of the situation following the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano.

They will also meet with provincial authorities and visit, among other things, disaster areas and IDP sites.

Goma and Kavumu airports in Bukavu had been closed due to the Mount Nyiragongo volcano eruption but the latter was reopened earlier.