The small West African nation of Guinea has not had a national airline since the collapse of Air Guinée (Conakry) in 2002. That may be about to change, according to Financial Afrik.

Souaré Antonio, a wealthy Guinean businessman, met with Guinea’s National Directorate of Civil Aviation (DNAC) on November 26 to discuss the requirements of setting up the company, which would be called Guinea Airlines (Conakry).

Souaré also spoke of Chinese partners who could be willing to invest in improving airport facilities in Conakry, Guinea’s capital.

If it successfully launches, Guinea Airlines would first service local destinations such as Labe, Kankan or N'Zérékoré before looking to other West African points.

According to Souaré, "currently the project is in a study phase."