Economy - Transport
  • 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...

  • Turkmenistan: UN confab examines sustainable transport financing for developing countries
    27 november 2016 18:35:49
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (PANA) - The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference ended on Sunday in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, with participants agreeing on the needs of countries in special situations – mostly least developed countries – and avenues for financing sustainable transport. Full text...

  • Turkmenistan: 'Answer to global transportation challenges is not less transport, but sustainable transport' – UN chief
    27 november 2016 04:33:17
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (PANA) - Opening the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, told delegations gathered in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, that the world has the resolve, commitment, imagination and creativity “to transform our transport systems in a sustainable manner that will improve human wellbeing, enhance social progress and protect our planet.” Full text...

  • Turkmenistan: UN holds conference to address global sustainable transport challenges
    26 november 2016 05:31:24
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (PANA) – The first-ever global conference on sustainable transport begins on Saturday in Turkmenistan, Central Asia, bringing together representatives from the United Nations, governments, the private sector and civil society to set new directions for global transport efforts. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Air Travel expenditure to rise 24% with introduction of African Passport in 2018
    23 november 2016 12:38:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African air travel spending is expected to rise 24% with the introduction of the pan-African passport that will enable African travelers to visit other African countries without a visa by 2018, a new research, released Wednesday by 'Sabre', one of the global travel technology providers, said. Full text...

  • UN: UN advisory panel urges greater investment in sustainable transport systems
    28 october 2016 19:38:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Greater investment in greener, more sustainable transport systems is essential for propelling the economic and social development for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to an expert panel report presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Global Airport Action Day nets airline ticket fraudsters
    19 october 2016 11:28:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 193 individuals found in possession of plane tickets bought using stolen or compromised payment card details have been detained in an international law enforcement operation targeting airline fraudsters, INTERPOL, the international police organisation, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Emirates, Kenya Airways to suspend Abuja flights
    19 october 2016 06:53:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Emirates Airline and Kenya Airways have announced they would suspend flights to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, citing the hostile economic environment in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Arik Air resumes operations, apologises to passengers
    14 september 2016 09:35:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Barely 24 hours after announcing the suspension of services over its inability to renew insurance for the aircraft in its fleet, due to liquidity issues, Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest carrier, will resume full regular operations on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Royal Air Maroc inaugurates Casablanca-Washington route
    09 september 2016 14:10:27
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Moroccan national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, on Thursday inaugurated a new direct route between Casablanca and Washington. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Japan gives Mauritania US$2 million for Nouakchott, Nouadhibou airports
    08 september 2016 14:09:41
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian minister of Economy and Finance, Moctar ould Diaye, and the Japanese ambassador, Hisatsugu Shimuzu, on Thursday exchanged notes on a US$2 million grant to finance the purchase of equipment to improve security at the Nouakchott and Nouadhibou airports. Full text...

  • US: Ethiopian Airlines to launch new route to Comoros
    30 august 2016 11:14:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Ethiopia's national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, says it has finalised preparations to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros, on 30 October. Full text...

  • US: Emirates airline upgrades flights to Khartoum
    29 august 2016 13:30:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The World's leading airline, Emirates, on Monday said it will upgrade its flights service between Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Khartoum, Sudan, with the deployment of a larger Boeing 777-300ER on the route from 1 September. Full text...

  • US: World's oldest airline, KLM, to launch new routes to Namibia, Angola
    26 august 2016 14:36:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The World's oldest airline and the flag carrier of the Netherlands, KLM, on Friday said it is expanding its network of routes in October, offering three direct flights a week from Amsterdam to Windhoek, Nambia, via Luanda, Angola. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express to launch new routes to Cotonou, Abidjan
    23 august 2016 10:14:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, will run flights between Benin's largest city, Cotonou and the main Ivorian city of Abidjan from 2 September, an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania orders Canadian aircraft to revamp ailing national carrier
    26 july 2016 10:45:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania and Canada’s Bombardier Commercial Aircraft have signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners valued at approximately US$62 million, the government announced in Dares Salaam on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: South African Airways launches biofuel on domestic flights
    22 july 2016 11:44:48
    New York, US (PANA) - South African Airways (SAA) made history on Friday when some of its domestic flights departed Johannesburg to Cape Town becoming Africa’s first airline to fly on jet fuel made from tobacco plants. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius posts 16.5 million-euro profit for 2015/2016
    22 july 2016 10:29:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian national airline, Air Mauritius, generated profits of 16.5 million euro for the financial year 2015/16 contrasting with a loss of 23.7 million euro for the previous financial year 2014/15. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express resumes Kigali-Juba flights
    20 july 2016 10:58:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir Express, will resume direct flights between Kigali and Juba on Wednesday after they were suspended on 10 July, due to the renewed fighting in the South Sudan capital city, the airline said in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

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