Economy - Transport
  • On flight to sustainable development, ‘leave no country behind’, urges aviation agency
    08 december 2018 08:57:07
    Montreal, Canada (PANA) - Marking International Civil Aviation Day, the United Nations aviation agency, ICAO, is showcasing the socio-economic benefits and “tremendous” opportunities presented by the global journey towards sustainable development. Full text...

  • Airlines want speedy implementation of liberalised air transport market
    07 december 2018 19:57:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has called on African countries to speedily implement the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and address the challenges slowing the growth of the aviation sector in Africa. Full text...

  • President Macron attends launch of high-speed train in Morocco
    14 november 2018 16:59:07
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Thursday, together with Moroccan King Mohammed VI, attend the official launch of a high-speed 200km railway linking Tangiers and Casablanca via Rabat, it was confirmed here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Train services to resume soon on Bamako-Dakar railroad
    13 november 2018 16:40:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Passenger and freight trains will soon start rolling between Mali and Senegal after several months of interruption, Malian Transport minister Soumana Mory Coulibaly has said. Full text...

  • Burundi minister slams Kenya airways for suspending flights to Bujumbura
    10 november 2018 19:00:25
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundian Minister of Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure, Jean Bosco Ntunzwenimana, on Saturday expressed sadness following the announcement by Kenyan civil aviation company, "Kenya Airways", that it is suspending flights to Bujumbura, the Burundian capital, as from 11 November, 2018, "for administrative reasons". Full text...

  • Ethiopian Airlines to fly to Russia from December
    01 november 2018 09:49:54
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines will begin its flights to the Russian capital, Moscow, on 5 December, a statement received by PANA said. Full text...

  • Ryanair launches direct flight between Athens and Marrakech
    29 october 2018 16:58:53
    Athens, Greece (PANA) - Ryanair, the European low-cost airline, on Monday launched a direct flight service linking the Greek capital, Athens, and the Moroccan touristic destination, Marrakech . Full text...

  • Kenya Airways begins direct flights to New York
    29 october 2018 05:12:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways launched direct flights to New York on Sunday, making Kenya to become the eighth African country to have direct flights to the US, officials said. Full text...

  • Benin-Nigeria joint control post to be inaugurated on Tuesday
    23 october 2018 09:28:59
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The presidents of Benin and Nigeria will on Tuesday inaugurate the joint control post of Sèmè-Kraké, located 30 km east of Cotonou, a statement by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights to Somalia in November
    17 october 2018 11:55:44
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ethiopian airlines will on 2 November resume flights to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, 41 years after the interruption of its flights to that destination. Full text...

  • Private Ethiopian airline undertakes first commercial to Somalia in 41 years
    15 october 2018 09:19:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A private Ethiopian airline, National Airways, on Saturday undertook the first commercial flight between Ethiopia and Somalia in 41 years, signalling the further warming of relations between the two neighbouring countries of the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Bad weather disrupts flights at Kigali International Airport
    11 october 2018 11:06:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Bad weather at Kigali International Airport has caused several flight cancellations or delays on Thursday morning, an official statement issued in Kigali by Rwanda Air said. Full text...

  • UN resolution paves way for mass use of driverless cars
    11 october 2018 03:36:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A resolution to ensure the safe use of automated vehicles was passed at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety in Geneva, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Qatar Airways launch direct flight to Mombasa
    17 september 2018 13:39:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Qatar Airways have announced plans to launch direct flights to Kenya's port city of Mombasa, starting December 2018, a move that will see four flights between Doha, Qatar, and Mombasa, per week. Full text...

  • South African Airways cancels flights to Hong Kong
    15 september 2018 06:12:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Airways has cancelled flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong as a result of the severe weather conditions caused by Super Typhoon Manghkut. Full text...

  • Royal Morocco Air to launch Casablanca-Athens route
    30 august 2018 09:12:02
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will from 2 April, 2019 launch a direct flight between Casablanca and Athens. Full text...

  • RwandAir ranked third best Africa regional airline
    26 july 2018 11:43:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir, has been ranked third Best Regional Airline in Africa by British-based consultancy, SKYTRAX, which runs an airline and airport review and ranking site. Full text...

  • Trans-Gambia Bridge to be inaugurated in January
    23 july 2018 17:45:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Contractors handling the Trans-Gambia Bridge construction at Yelli Tenda – Bamba Tenda crossing point, on Monday informed President Adama Barrow that the bridge will be ready for inauguration in January 2019. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways launches direct flights to Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:04:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Kenya Airways will be flying to Mauritius four times weekly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya, the Mauritian Tourism Minister Anil Gayan announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Air Seychelles orders A320neo Airbus aircraft
    29 may 2018 11:43:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Seychelles, on Tuesday announced its first order of the new generation A320neo (new engine option) aircraft as part of the plan to refresh its fleet and increase efficiency on its regional network. Full text...

  • Ministerial Working Group on Single African Air Transport Market meets in Togo
    27 may 2018 06:42:41
    Lone, Togo (PANA) - The fourth meeting of the Ministerial Working Group on the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) takes place in Lome, Togo, on Monday, to harmonize Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASAs) among members of the Single African Air Transport Market, among other objectives. Full text...

  • Zambia’s airline to start flying to Zimbabwe
    15 may 2018 08:57:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s leading airline, Proflight Zambia, is set to introduce flights between Lusaka and Harare beginning the first week of July. Full text...

  • Togo plans ministerial meeting on Single African Air Transport Market
    04 april 2018 19:03:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé of Togo is planning to convene a ministerial meeting in Lomé, in May 2018, bringing together all key stakeholders to take forward the commitments made by African Union (AU) Member States regarding the Single African Air Transport Market. Full text...

  • Tunisia announces maritime deals with Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana
    05 february 2018 15:48:17
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia is considering to establish direct commercial maritime link between Tunis and Dakar, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Tema (Ghana), a communiué issued Monday by the Tunisian ministry of Transport says. Full text...

  • Rwanda to upgrade Gisenyi domestic airport to international standard
    05 february 2018 14:15:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan government is planning to upgrade its domestic airport in the country’s nort westen town of Gisenyi, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to international standard by 2021, an official source revealed Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Improved economic conditions boost air travel numbers worldwide – ICAO
    19 january 2018 06:50:26
    Montreal, Canada (PANA) – A record 4.1 billion passengers took to the skies in 2017 on board some 37 million scheduled flights globally, the United Nations civil aviation agency reported on Thursday, highlighting that the fastest growth was seen among low-cost carriers. Full text...

  • South African Airways cancels flights to New York
    08 january 2018 09:51:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled flights between Johannesburg and New York after JFK Airport was partially crippled by severe weather that affected its operations. Full text...

  • Tunisia, EU sign Open Sky agreement in Tunis
    11 december 2017 20:48:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and the European Union on Monday signed the Open Sky agreement at a ceremony in Tunis which will involve all Tunisian airports, except Tunis-Carthage. Full text...

  • 30th anniversary of SA air disaster commemorated
    29 november 2017 14:42:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Wednesday commemorated the 30th anniversary of the country’s worst air disaster, remembering when in 1987 a South African Airways (SAA) Helderberg aircraft plunged into the sea near Mauritius, killing all 159 passengers and crew after a fire on board. Full text...

  • First ever Global Mobility Report assesses performance for all transport modes worldwide
    19 october 2017 13:51:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The transport sector is not on track towards achieving sustainable mobility, according to the Global Mobility Report launched on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal's new international airport opens in December
    05 october 2017 15:47:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's Presiden Macky Sall has directed the government to take "all the necessary steps" for the inauguration and effective operation of the Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) on 7 December 2017. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express launches Kigali-Dakar route
    03 october 2017 15:45:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, on Tuesday said it has launched a new route from Kigali to Senegal's capital city, Dakar, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius, Ghana explore possibility of joint venture in aviation sector
    31 august 2017 08:08:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Ghanaian Aviation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah called on Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth in Port-Louis, with whom she discussed the possibility of a joint venture between Air Mauritius and Ghana. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame lays foundation stone of Bugesera International Airport
    18 august 2017 05:20:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With the support of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Government of Rwanda has successfully signed a Concession Agreement for the construction and operation of its new airport, positioning Kigali to become a nerve centre for business, travel and shipping in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 450 million Africans benefit from transport projects financed by AfDB between 1967 and 2017
    12 august 2017 11:07:21
    Abidjan, Coe d'Ivoire (PANA) - In its 50 years of existence, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has financed more than 450 transport projects, changing the daily lives of nearly 450 million people across Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana targets 5 million passengers yearly with AfDB-funded int'l airport expansion project
    04 august 2017 15:07:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The construction of a new terminal at Ghana’s flagship airport – Kotoka International Airport – is expected to make the country a destination of choice with a yearly target of 5 million passengers. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda concludes Concession Agreement for new Bugesera Int'l Airport
    14 july 2017 05:34:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With the backing of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Government of Rwanda has taken a concrete step towards becoming a transportation hub for the East African region with the signing of a Concession Agreement for the construction and operation of Bugesera International Airport. Full text...

  • Botswana: Aviation authorities in Botswana investigate crash
    12 july 2017 07:21:34
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s transport and communications ministry has launched an investigation into last week’s aircraft crash inn which a trainee pilot died. Full text...

  • Senegal: AfDB to finance Dakar train project with US$193 million
    22 june 2017 10:01:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has voted US$193 million (about CFAF 120 billion) to finance the Dakar Regional Express Train (TER) project, aimed at facilitating movements within the most populated and productive area of ​​Senegal. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir set to launch Kigali-London non-stop flight
    29 march 2017 10:21:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier RwandAir Express will start direct fight between Kigali and London, in the United Kingdom, from May 2017, an official statement made available on Wednesday to PANA in Kigali said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Aviation Africa 2017 summit opens
    22 february 2017 12:05:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Aviation Africa 2017 conference opened on Wednesday in Kigali with about 500 delegates from African countries expected to discuss their experiences to enhance safety issues and efficacy following the lack of liberalised skies in the continent. Full text...

  • Mauritius: AirAsia suspends services to Mauritius
    13 february 2017 14:42:57
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - AirAsia, X Berhad, on Monday announced the suspension of its three times weekly services from Kuala Lumpur to Mauritius. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. takes over Nigeria's largest airline
    09 february 2017 15:19:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday acquired the country’s largest indigenous airline, Arik Air, announcing the appointment of a new management. Full text...

  • US: Royal Air Maroc launches Manchester-Casablanca connection
    07 february 2017 14:59:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Morocco's national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, has announced the launch of a new route between Manchester and Casablanca. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines to open US$150m cargo terminal
    05 january 2017 08:36:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines will open its new cargo terminal, with an annual storage capacity of 1.2 million tons, in April 2017 at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, the airline announced on Thursday confirming that 82 percent of the construction work has been completed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja airport to be closed for 6 weeks from 8 March
    04 january 2017 07:19:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, will be closed for six weeks from 8 March for repairs, the Federal Ministry of Transportation has said. Full text...

  • US: Ethiopian Airlines to commence flights to Indonesia
    30 december 2016 15:21:59
    New York, US (PANA) - One of Africa's leading airline, Ethiopian Airlines, says it will start services to Jakarta, Indonesia, in June 2017 using the ultra-modern Boeing 787-800. Full text...

  • US: Emirates airline launches new Airbus A380 flights to Morocco
    27 december 2016 14:49:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The World's leading airline, Emirates, on Tuesday said it will operate the first ever commercial Airbus A380 flight to Morocco and North Africa, when it takes the iconic double decker aircraft to Casablanca, Morocco, on 26 March, 2017. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: AfDB approves 769.78 million euros to improve urban transport in Abidjan
    17 december 2016 06:37:56
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a loan of 769.78 million euros for Côte d'Ivoire to enable the West African State significantly improve urban transport in the capital city of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Turkmenistan: Participants endorse 'Ashgabat Statement' as UN conference on sustainable transport ends
    28 november 2016 13:37:18
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (PANA) - The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference ended on Sunday in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, with more than 50 countries endorsing the 'Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations', with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks. Full text...

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