Lubumbashi International Airport

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Lubumbashi International Airport
Lubumbashi International Airport.png
Airport typePublic
LocationLubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Elevation AMSL4,295 ft / 1,309 m
Coordinates11°35′28.80″S 27°31′51.52″E / 11.5913333°S 27.5309778°E / -11.5913333; 27.5309778
FBM is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location of Airport in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,203 10,509 Asphalt

Lubumbashi International Airport (IATA: FBM, ICAO: FZQA) is an airport serving Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Lubumbashi International Airport was founded in colonial times as the Elisabethville Airport.[1] It was also known as Luano airport.

This airport played a high-profile role during the Katanga war.[2] After it was seized by the United Nations Force in the Congo (ONUC) troops, the airport was used as a base against the secessionist government.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation Kalemie, Kinshasa, Mbuji Mayi
Congo Airways Johannesburg–OR Tambo,[4] Kananga, Kinshasa, Mbuji-Mayi[5]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
South African Express Johannesburg–OR Tambo[6]


Cargolux Luxembourg

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In December 2001, Air Katanga Douglas C-53-DO ZS-OJD was written off in a landing accident at Lubumbashi International Airport after a delivery flight that originated in South Africa.[7][8]
  • In September 15, 1961, a Katangese Air Force Fouga CM.170 Magister dropped two 100 lb. bombs on the airport, one of which made a direct hit on a DC-4-1009 belonging to Air Katanga with the registration OO-ADN. There were no casualties, but the aircraft was written off.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fototeca: Informació foto". Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  2. ^ "UNITED NATIONS: Quiet Man in a Hot Spot". Time. 1960-08-22. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  3. ^ Photo, UN (1963-01-03). "Troops Secure Road Blocks and Positions around Elisabethville". Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  4. ^ "Congo Airways adds new African destinations in May 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ HORAIRE AVEC 1 Q400 DU 06/06 AU 10/07/2016 (Heures locales),[permanent dead link]
  6. ^
  7. ^ "ZS-OJD Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  8. ^ "41-20045 ... 41-20136 Douglas C-53-DO". Warbird Central. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  9. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-4-1009 OO-ADN Elizabethville Airport (FBM)". Retrieved 2017-08-26.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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