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  • 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...

  • AfDB supports JKIA airport expansion project towards making Nairobi an aviation hub
    29 november 2017 15:33:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Efforts being made by the Kenyan government to make Nairobi an aviation hub has received a big boost from the African development Bank (AfDB) which approved a US$ 160 million loan for the expansion of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). 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...

  • Rwanda, Cape Verde sign air service agreement
    23 november 2017 16:26:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Cape Verde have entered a bilateral air service agreement under which their respective national airlines will operate direct flights to each other's capital, it was officially confirmed here on Thursday. Full text...

  • African Airlines summit ends with calls to embrace 'digital transformation'
    14 november 2017 13:37:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) ended on Tuesday in Kigali with calls to embrace airline digital transformation characterized by an era of datafication, constant connectivity and digital work-forces. Full text...

  • Intl. aviation expert calls for high quality airport operations management in Africa
    14 november 2017 11:23:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The secretary general of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), Vladimir Zubkov, on Tuesday called for more efforts to provide customer service excellence and the high quality of modern passenger facilities at African airports Full text...

  • African airlines commit to reduce costs by switching to e-commerce solutions
    14 november 2017 10:14:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Global aviation leaders on Tuesday agreed to implement a very "heavy cost-cutting programme" through the adoption of e-commerce solutions and generate more passenger revenue by 2025. Full text...

  • Airlink Airways plane makes emergency landing in Johannesburg
    09 november 2017 16:10:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A passenger aircraft flying from Harare to Johannesburg had to make an emergency landing following engine failure on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Recovery efforts continue after Kenyan chopper crash
    22 october 2017 14:50:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Recovery efforts have continued on Sunday, at the site of a helicopter crash on Lake Nakuru, 165 km outside the capital, Nairobi, where five people are feared dead, Police said. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius receives its first A350-900 plane
    20 october 2017 17:48:48
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - Air Mauritius on Friday took delivery of the first of six A350-900 planes ordered from Airbus aircraft manufacturer as part of its expansion strategy and fleet renewal.Full text...

  • China–Africa Civil Aviation Academy opening soon in Mauritius
    17 october 2017 18:13:31
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA ) – Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Tuesday announced the setting up of a China–Africa Civil Aviation Academy in Mauritius that will address the present shortfall in training capacity in Africa. 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...

  • South Africa: South African Airways announces route cuts
    26 september 2017 10:34:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed that it will cancel flights on six of its regional destinations for ‘operational reasons’. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda to host African airlines meeting
    19 september 2017 10:18:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is set to host its 49th Annual General Assembly in Kigali from 12 – 14 November 2017 with senior global aviation executives in Africa in attendance, an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali said. 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...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force pilot instructor killed in plane crash
    25 august 2017 07:06:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) trainer aircraft, an Air Beetle, on Thursday crashed in the northwestern city of Kaduna with the loss of the pilot. 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...

  • 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...

  • Ethiopia: Plans afoot to make Addis Ababa airport aviation hub between Africa and China
    23 july 2017 16:21:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia envisages making its capital, Addis Ababa, a strategic aviation hub between China and Africa, according to Transport Minister Ahmed Shide, who described air infrastructure as a major pillar of cooperation between the two countries. 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...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius posts profit worth 26.9 million euros
    19 june 2017 16:17:28
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian national carrier, Air Mauritius, recorded a 26.9 million euro profit in the financial year ended 31 March 2017 as compared to 15.4 million euro for the previous year, the company revealed on Monday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Aviation records low 4th quarter movements in 2016
    24 april 2017 12:33:41
    Botswana, Gaborone (PANA) – Botswana air passenger movement slowed down during the last quarter of 2016, the country’s data authority has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan varsity receives aircraft engine to bolster aviation training
    10 april 2017 18:20:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Aviation students at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) will now train using actual engine parts donated to the university by Kenya Airways and American aircraft engine manufacturer, General Electric, as part of efforts to improve aviation training within Africa, the two firms said on Monday.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...

  • Botswana: Private helicopter crashes in northern Botswana
    28 february 2017 15:23:31
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Police Service (BPS) has confirmed that a private helicopter crashed in Tutume village, some 100 kilometres away from the second capital, Francistown. 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...

  • South Africa: National carrier hit with record fine
    15 february 2017 15:57:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday ordered the South African Airways (SAA) to pay rival airline, Comair, US$ 75 million for anti-competitive behaviour. 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...

  • Senegal: AFRAA names ASKY ''Regional Carrier of the Year''
    01 december 2016 13:46:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Pan-African Airline with the largest network in West and Central Africa, ASKY, has got Airline of the Year Award for Regional Operations from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir acquires 3rd Airbus A330-200 to boost services to US, Europe
    01 december 2016 13:19:14
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir Express, has acquired a new 274-seater Airbus 330-300 as part of a deal to purchase many planes to fly new destinations linking Kigali with Europe and United States, the airline said in a statement made available here Thursday to PANA. Full text...

  • Botswana: New lobby group for women in aviation
    29 november 2016 14:22:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s first female pilot, Sakhile Reiling, has applauded the launch of a women’s aviation organisation in the country, saying women in aviation need to voice concerns, difficulties and challenges in the industry. Full text...

  • Kenya: African airlines launch new push for single aviation market in 2017
    25 november 2016 19:17:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has intensified its campaign for opening up the African airspace by declaring support to the African Union’s (AU) initiative towards a single air transport market by 2017, AFRAA Secretary-General Elijah Chingosho said on Friday.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...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express acquires new B737-800 series aircraft
    16 november 2016 17:19:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's flag carrier RwandAir Express on Wednesday announced it has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 series aircraft as it continues to extend its network.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt facilitates establishment of national carrier
    02 november 2016 18:44:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In its bid to facilitate the establishment of a new national airline next year, the Federal Government of Nigeria said Wednesday it intends to appoint a transaction adviser and encouraged as many people as possible to compete for the job.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...

  • UN: ICAO signs landmark framework to curb aviation emissions
    07 october 2016 15:50:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed on a new emissions standard to control global greenhouse gas emissions from international airline flights.Full text...

  • Botswana: Aviation safety earns Botswana ICAO award
    04 october 2016 12:54:50
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has received the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Presiden's Certificate on aviation safety. Full text...

  • 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...

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