African Air Transport (AFRAA) -
  • Kenya Airways launches direct flights to Mogadishu
    18 december 2018 13:36:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways, on Tuesday launched daily flights from Nairobi to Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • 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...

  • Protesting civil aviation agents paralyze flights in Tripoli
    03 december 2018 15:55:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Flight operations at the Maitigua airport, eastern Tripoli, the Libyan capital, have been paralyzed following a protest by agents of the Libyan civil aviation, including air traffic controllers, who are requesting the regularisation of their appointments. Full text...

  • RwandAir set to launch Kigali-Addis Ababa direct flight in April 2019
    23 november 2018 14:32:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir, is set to open direct flights between Kigali and the Ethiopian capital city, Addis Ababa, from 2 April, 2019, an authoritative source revealed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius posts half-yearly losses of 17.6 million euros
    16 november 2018 15:28:52
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian national airline, Air Mauritius, has incurred after-tax losses of 17.6 million euros for the first half (April-September) of the 2018-19 financial year, as compared to net profits of 6.2 million euros for the same period of the previous fiscal year. 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...

  • Kenya nets US$3.7million from charter flight incentive
    07 november 2018 14:24:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has realized US$3.7 million in revenue value from the Charter Incentive Programme. Full text...

  • Airbus releases report on aviation impact on Africa
    01 november 2018 13:36:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Africa will achieve its potential demographic dividend by investing in its youthful and increasingly techno-savvy population, European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, says in its report on the impact of aviation on the continent.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...

  • RwandAir launches Kigali-Tel Aviv route in 2019
    31 october 2018 15:34:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir, will launch the Kigali-Tel Aviv direct flight in 2019, a source close to RwandAir confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. 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...

  • 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...

  • Cape Town International Airport voted Africa's best
    08 october 2018 08:56:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town International Airport has been named Africa’s Leading Airport for the second consecutive year. 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...

  • Rwanda Airlines to open direct flights to China in Feb. 2019
    24 july 2018 15:53:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda national carrier, RwandAir is readying itself to open direct flights to Chinese city of Guangzhou if the two countries reach a bilateral Air Service Agreement by February 2019, an official source confirmed Tuesday to PANA in Kigali.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...

  • Rwanda signs air transport deals with Angola, Togo
    23 may 2018 17:25:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Angola on Wednesday signed an agreement allowing RwandAir Express to use the latter's all international airports while Angolan airline TAAG will use Kigali International Airport after a feasibility study is carried out next month. Full text...

  • RwandAir launches Kigali - Cape Town route
    15 may 2018 16:30:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, is set to launch Wednesday its weekly service between Kigali and Cape Town, South Africa via Harare, Zimbabwe, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali on Tuesday. 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...

  • RwandAir launches direct Abuja flights
    27 april 2018 11:09:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, on Friday said it has launched a new route from Kigali to Nigeria's capital city, Abuja. Full text...

  • Flights resume at Kigali Int'l Airport after bad weather forced hours of shutdown
    06 april 2018 14:11:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan aviation authorities on Friday announced that air traffic has gradually restarted after all international and domestic flights were suspended for several hours due to bad weather. 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...

  • 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...

  • Numerous South Africa-Mauritius flights cancelled
    18 january 2018 14:00:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Several flights from South Africa to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius have been cancelled due to tropical Cyclone, Berguitta, which is creating high winds. 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...

  • 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...

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