Liz Aviation SA, the newly established airline founded by Mahamadou Bonkoungou, president of the EBOMAF Group, commenced its operations with an inaugural flight from Ouagadougou to Bobo-Dioulasso on April 27, 2023. The airline aims to achieve three major objectives: developing regular services between cities within Burkina Faso, establishing safe and efficient routes connecting Burkina Faso with neighboring countries in the sub-region, and revitalizing the country’s aviation sector as a catalyst for economic growth and business creation.
The launch of Liz Aviation SA represents a significant step in the advancement of air transport in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country where the presence of new airlines plays a crucial role in enhancing connectivity and opening up new possibilities. Dr. Thomas Hyacinthe Compaore, the Director General of the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), emphasized the positive impact that the airline’s operations would have on promoting better communication and expanding the national airspace.
Roland Somda, the Minister of Transport, Urban Mobility, and Road Safety, hailed the introduction of Liz Aviation SA as a travel offering that would undoubtedly boost trade between Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. By combining speed and security, this new service is expected to transform air travel from a luxury into a development tool that saves time and money.
At present, Liz Aviation SA operates daily flights between Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, providing passengers with a convenient travel option that takes less than an hour.
Beginning from May, the airline offers four weekly flights connecting Lomé and Niamtougou in Togo with Ouagadougou. Additionally, Liz Aviation SA will operate the Lomé-Ouagadougou-Lomé route every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Liz Aviation SA has leased two ATR 72-600 aircraft from Avation, a Singaporean lessor. The 70-seat all-economy class turboprops, registered as 2-FBXA and 2-FBXB, will ensure efficient and comfortable journeys for passengers. One of the aircraft has been re-registered as XT-LIZ to reflect its association with the airline.
The inauguration flight was attended by prominent figures, including Minister Roland Somda and Mahamadou Bonkoungou, the billionaire owner of Liz Aviation and the CEO and chairman of the EBOMAF Group. Minister Somda expressed his hope that Liz Aviation would expand its services to connect other cities in Burkina Faso, such as Fada N’gourma, Ouahigouya, and Dori, in order to facilitate the development of tourism throughout the country.