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CityCodeAirport Name
Basankusu BSU     Basankusu Airport
Bukavu BKY Kavume Airport, Kavumu Airport
Bumba BMB Bumba Airport
Bunia BUX Bunia Airport
Gbadolite BDT Gbadolite Airport
Gemena GMA Gemena Airport
Goma GOM Goma International Airport
Isiro IRP Matari Airport
Kalemie FMI Kalemie Airport
Kananga KGA Kananga Airport
Kikwit KKW Kikwit Airport
Kindu KND Kindu Airport
Kinshasa FIH N'Djili International Airport, Kinshasa International Airport
Kisangani FKI Bangoka International Airport
Lisala LIQ Lisala Airport
Lodja LJA Lodja Airport
Lubumbashi FBM Luano Airport, Lubumbashi International Airport
Mbandaka MDK Mbandaka Airport
Mbuji Mayi MJM Mbuji Mayi Airport
Tshikapa TSH Tshikapa Airport

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Brazzaville BZV Maya Maya Airport


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There are a number of airports in Congo. However, not all Congo airports have regularly scheduled flights. We do not list the smallest Congo airports, since there is no way to provide you flights from those airports. AirGorilla offers flights, hotels, and rental car reservations for Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (French: Republique democratique du Congo), also often referred to as DRC, RDC, DR Congo, Congo or Congo-Kinshasa, and formerly as Zaire, is the third largest country on the African continent. It borders the Central African Republic and Sudan on the north, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania on the east, Zambia and Angola on the south, and the Republic of the Congo on the west. The country enjoys access to the sea through a narrow forty kilometre stretch, following the Congo river into the Gulf of Guinea. The name "Congo" (meaning "hunter") is derived from that of the river, along with that of the Kongo Empire which controlled much of the region in precolonial times. "Kongo" in turn is coined after the Bakongo ethnic group, living in the Congo river basin.

Formerly the Belgian colony of the Belgian Congo, the country's post-independence name was the Republic of the Congo until August 1, 1964, when its name was changed to Democratic Republic of the Congo (to distinguish it from the neighboring country of the same name). On October 27, 1971, then-President Mobutu Sese Seko renamed the country Zaire, from a Portuguese mispronunciation of the Kikongo word nzere or nzadi, which translates to "the river that swallows all rivers." Following Mobutu's overthrow in 1997, the country was renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since 1998, the country has suffered greatly from the devastating Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the African World War), the world's deadliest conflict since World War II.

As a result of its equatorial location, the Congo experiences large amounts of precipitation and has the highest frequency of thunderstorms on Earth. The annual rainfall can total upwards of 80 inches in some places, and the area sustains the second largest rain forest in the world (after the Amazon). This massive expanse of lush jungle covers most of the vast, low-lying central basin of the river, which slopes toward the Atlantic Ocean in the west. This area is surrounded by plateaus merging into savannas in the south and southwest, by mountainous terraces in the west, and dense grasslands extending beyond the Congo River in the north. High mountains are found in the extreme eastern region.

The tropical climate has also produced the Congo River system which dominates the region topographically along with the rainforest it flows through, (though they are not mutually exclusive). The river basin (meaning the Congo River and all of its myriad tributaries) occupy nearly the entire country and an area of nearly one million square kilometers (400,000 sq mi). The river and its tributaries (major offshoots include the Kasai, Sangha, Ubangi, Aruwimi, and Lulonga) form the backbone of Congolese economics and transportation, they have a drastic impact on the daily lives of the people.

The Rift Valley has endowed most of the south and east of the Congo with an enormous amount of mineral wealth. These include cobalt, copper, cadmium, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, germanium, uranium, radium, bauxite, iron ore, and coal.

There is an estimated total of 242 languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Out of these, only four have the status of national languages: Kongo, Lingala, Tshiluba and Swahili. Lingala was made the official language of the army under Mobutu, but since the rebellions, a good part of the army also uses Swahili in the East. French is also an official language of the country. It is meant to be an ethnically neutral language, to ease communication between all the different ethnic groups of the Congo. (airports)


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