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  • UN: Security Council adopts resolution on countering terrorist threats to civil aviation
    22 september 2016 19:25:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The global aviation system is of vital importance to economic development and prosperity, and all governments must strengthen, both individually and collectively, aviation security measures, in order to secure a stable and peaceful global environment, the UN Security Council stated on Thursday in a resolution in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's aviation regulator bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on flights
    20 september 2016 20:22:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s aviation regulator,, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned the of use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone phone on board flights in the country following faulty batteries which explodes when charging the device. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN to establish 2 aviation security training schools in Nigeria
    16 september 2016 14:25:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The UN is to establish two Aviation Security Training Schools in Nigeria to help boost safety and security in the country’s aviation sector, the UN-appointed Project Manager for the schools, Mr Douglas Melvin, has announced in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city.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...

  • Nigeria: Another Nigerian airline shuts down operation
    01 september 2016 19:11:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Barely a day after Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors, shut down operation placing 1,400 staff on indefinite leave, another national airline, First Nation, has also suspended business.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 set to enhance safety programme by December 2016
    23 august 2016 13:09:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, on Tuesday vowed to implement its safety programmes, in both airport and passenger operations, in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), according to an official statement, obtained here by PANA. 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...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius posts profits for quarter ending June 2016
    11 august 2016 15:37:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian national airline, Air Mauritius, posted profits of 2.1 million euros and 2 million euros (Group and Company) respectively, as compared to losses of 9.7 million euros and 9.8 million euros respectively for the same period in 2015. 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...

  • US: EgyptAir signs US$900 million Boeing deal
    13 july 2016 13:49:05
    New York, US (PANA) US-based aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, and EgyptAir on Wednesday announced an order for nine Next-Generation 737-800s. Full text...

  • US: Air Côte d'Ivoire orders additional Airbus A320neo
    13 july 2016 13:45:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Air Cote d’Ivoire, the Ivorian national carrier, has placed an order with Airbus for the purchase of an additional A320neo to complete its fleet. Full text...

  • Botswana: Air Botswana resumes Johannesburg flights
    29 june 2016 10:06:25
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana's cash-strapped national carrier, Air Botswana, has announced the resumption of flights from the country’s tourist resort of Maun to OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egypt's aviation school to train Rwandan pilots
    21 june 2016 16:04:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian Aviation Academy will train Rwandan pilots for single-engine aircraft following a new agreement to be reached with the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA), a diplomatic source confirmed Tuesday in Kigali Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. to regulate the operation of drones in Mauritius
    18 june 2016 09:53:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government will soon introduce Civil Aviation regulations to regulate the operation of Remotely-Piloted Aircraft and Remotely-Piloted Surveillance Aircraft, commonly known as drones, to ensure the safety and privacy of the public and keep the island’s airspace safe, PANA learnt Saturday from official sources in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius posts profits of 16.5 million euro for 2015/2016
    13 june 2016 16:57:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Air Mauritius on Monday announced net profits of 16.5 million euro for financial year 2015/2016 (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016), representing an increase of 40 million euro over losses of 23.6 million euro posted the previous year. Full text...

  • US: IATA says global air transport profits improves
    03 june 2016 16:05:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revised its 2016 financial outlook for global air transport industry profits upwards to US$39.4 billion from US$36.3 billion forecast in December 2015. Full text...

  • Botswana: Air Botswana to buy new aircraft
    02 june 2016 08:06:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced plans to aid the ailing national airline, Air Botswana, whose accounts have remained in the red for years. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air Seychelles posts net profits of US $2.1 million in 2015
    03 may 2016 16:54:21
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Seychelles national airline, Air Seychelles, on Tuesday posted its fourth year of profitability in a row with net profits worth US$2.1 million in 2015 on revenues of US$105.4 million, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council adopts EU passenger name record directive to curb terrorism
    21 april 2016 12:00:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - (PANA) - The European Council (EC) on Thursday adopted a directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, according to a press statement made available to PANA in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town International Airport voted top in Africa
    18 march 2016 13:38:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town International Airport has been named the best airport in Africa by the Europe-based Skytrax Awards. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana builds new terminal at Accra airport
    02 march 2016 12:05:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana is building a new terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra that will enable the airport handle five million passengers a year.Full text...

  • US: Qatar Airways to offer direct flights to Maputo, Mozambique
    10 february 2016 16:00:56
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world leading airlines, Qatar Airways, on Wednesday said it would upgrade to non-stop B787 Dreamliner service three times weekly between Doha and Maputo, Mozambique, effective 27 March. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Platform to connect aviation, hotel sectors to take off
    03 february 2016 10:28:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A unique platform bringing together airlines, airports, hotel and hospitality investors for the first time, is being launched in October this year in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria to suspend flights to Tripoli from Friday
    27 january 2016 14:06:13
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The Algerian ministry of Transport announced here Wednesday the suspension, from Friday, of flights between Algiers and Tripoli. Full text...

  • South Africa: Aircraft involved in two emergency landings in three days
    25 january 2016 11:48:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – For the second time in three days, a passenger jet has been forced to make an emergency landing in Johannesburg following loss of cabin pressure. Full text...

  • South Africa: SAA cancels US flights over storms
    22 january 2016 11:12:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Airways (SAA) on Friday announced that it has cancelled flights between Johannesburg and Washington DC via Accra, Ghana, with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express rated among world’s top safest airlines
    11 january 2016 13:57:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - RwandAir Express has been listed among the world’s safest airlines for 2015 after passing the International Air Transport Association (IATA) operational audit, the local media reported Monday in Kigali, quoting IATA vice-president, Raphael Kuuchi. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali International Airport goes digital to improve air traffic navigation
    07 january 2016 17:57:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - All flights using Kigali International Airport from now rely on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), a new digital navigation system, in a move to meet world-class aviation standards, a senior official of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) said Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ghana: Domestic airlines advised to suspend flights as harmattan intensifies
    28 december 2015 07:02:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - With harmattan conditions reducing visibility to only a few hundred metres in Ghana, the Ghana Meteorological Services Agency is asking domestic airline operators to once again suspend flights to the country's regional airports which are not equipped with instrument landing systems. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Brussels Airlines extends services to Rwanda
    22 december 2015 13:28:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Brussels Airlines has announced it will begin operating a six-time weekly flights to Rwanda from Belgium effective from April 2016, PANA reports Tuesday from Kigali.Full text...

  • US: Qatar Airways launches new services to Durban
    21 december 2015 21:22:49
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world's leading airlines, Qatar Airways, Monday announced a four-time, weekly service to Durban, South Africa, to further complement the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister orders probe after airline uses ladder to disembark passengers
    20 december 2015 14:55:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has ordered a probe of the circumstances in which a ladder was used to disembark passengers from a local flight on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Probe over suspected bomb scare on Air France flight from Mauritius
    20 december 2015 11:20:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities Sunday launched an investigation into a suspected device removed from an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris that made an emergency landing in Kenya.Full text...

  • US: ICAO calls for enhanced safety and efficiency to rule the world's skies
    08 december 2015 11:59:22
    New York, US (PANA) - With global air transport doubling in flight and passenger volumes every 15 years, the United Nations aviation agency on Monday called for enhanced safety and efficiency to rule the world's skies. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunis-Carthage airport closed to Libyan planes from 5-25 December
    04 december 2015 11:08:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian authorities have decided to close the Tunis-Carthage International airport to the Libyan planes from 5 December to 25 December.Full text...

  • Botswana: Air Botswana terminates GM's contract
    25 november 2015 12:19:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The contract of the General Manager of Botswana’s national carrier, Tozivazvipi Dahwa, has been terminated and the board dissolved, the the airline announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Enhancing connectivity between Africa and Asia through Mauritius'
    17 november 2015 14:14:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth told Parliament on Tuesday that the agreement signed between Air Mauritius Ltd and the Singapore Changi Airport recently is part of the government's plan to enhance connectivity between Africa and Asia through Mauritius. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Airways unveils new plan to curb loss-making series
    12 november 2015 14:45:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways has embarked on a new strategy to push back its loan repayments and renegotiate pending bank loans as it tries to restructure its operations. Full text...

  • UN: Agreement reached for real-time flight tracking
    12 november 2015 01:11:41
    New York, US (PANA) - An agreement has been reached at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on the allocation of radio frequency spectrum to allow the use of satellites for real-time global flight tracking in civil aviation, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Brazzaville to host AU air transport commission assembly
    05 november 2015 12:54:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The African Union air transport branch will hold its general assembly on 8-10 November in Brazzaville, Congo, its Director in charge of trading and industrial cooperation, Kusseï El-Murabit, said on Thursday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: INTERPOL endorses I-Checkit as innovative border management policing capability
    04 november 2015 12:11:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – INTERPOL’s member countries have endorsed through a resolution its I-Checkit service model for airlines as a key component of the Organization’s global border management strategy. Full text...

  • Egypt: Russian plane crashes in Sanai
    31 october 2015 13:16:17
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation says a Russian plane with 217 passengers and seven crew on board crashed on Saturday morning in Sinai. There were no survivors. Full text...

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