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  • Ethiopian Airways buys controlling stake in Air Malawi
    03 july 2013 19:56:54
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The Malawi government has finished negotiations with the troubled Air Malawi's strategic investors, Ethiopian Airlines.Full text...

  • Rwandan carrier to expand flight network
    28 june 2013 13:06:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - State carrier RwandAir Express is to buy at least 17 Boeing aircraft by 2015 in a bid to expand its network to several African, Asian and Latin American countries, airline General Manager John Mirenge said on Friday. Full text...

  • Appointment of new head of Nigeria's aviation regulatory agency confirmed
    27 june 2013 07:42:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Fola Akinkuotu as the Director-General of the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Military helicopter crash in Sudan kills two
    06 june 2013 11:24:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A military helicopter has crashed in South-eastern Sudan, killing its two crew members, the Sudanese News Agency quoted the army to have said on Thursday. Full text...

  • IATA Summit: African states urged to improve aviation policies
    04 june 2013 11:34:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Delegates at the ongoing 69th International Air Transport Association (IATA) summit in Cape Town, South Africa, have called on African governments to take full advantage of aviation as a catalyst for growth and development. Full text...

  • Nigeria to float national carrier
    03 june 2013 09:01:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is to set up a national carrier, 10 years after the former one - Nigeria Airways - ceased operation, the local media reported Monday, quoting Aviation Minister Stella Oduah. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline, Aero, begins flights to Cameroon 27 May
    24 may 2013 09:03:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's second largest airline, Aero Contractors, is due to begin flights to Douala, Cameroon's largest city, from Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos on 27 May, the airline announced. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline jolted by arrest of two crew members over drugs
    22 may 2013 13:18:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Apparently jolted by Monday's arrest of two of its crew members in London for alleged drug trafficking and possession of banned substances, Nigeria's largest carrier Arik Air has vowed to prevent a similar incident in future. Full text...

  • Malawi President sells off controversial presidential jet
    22 may 2013 12:32:47
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda has lived up to her vow to sell off the presidential jet which her predecessor bought in controversial circumstances. Full text...

  • 2 crew members of Nigerian airline arrested in London over drug trafficking
    21 may 2013 18:52:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two crew members of Nigeria's Arik Air were arrested in London on Monday over alleged drug trafficking, according to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation workers suspend strike
    20 may 2013 20:56:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Staffers of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have suspended the strike they embarked upon on Monday to press for higher wages, the Ministry of Aviation said. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation workers' strike fails to shut country's airspace
    20 may 2013 14:39:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The strike called by the aviation workers in the employ of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), to press for higher wages, started off as scheduled on Monday, but failed to shut down the country's airspace as threatened by the workers. Full text...

  • Lagos-bound SAA plane makes air return
    20 may 2013 10:04:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Lagos-bound South Africa Airways (SAA) flight on Sunday made an air return to the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg after a spark was detected in the aircraft galley, the private Guardian newspaper reported here Monday, quoting SAA Consultant Tope Awe. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation workers' strike to start Monday as unions deny pact
    19 may 2013 15:41:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Aviation unions in Nigerian on Sunday denied that an agreement has been reached to prevent Monday's scheduled start of a strike to push their demand for higher wages. Full text...

  • Nigeria banks 'dump' commercial airlines for private jet owners
    19 may 2013 10:42:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian banks prefer extending finance offers to high-net-worth individuals, including business moguls and top politicians, to buy private jets instead of giving such to commercial airliners, the private Punch newspaper reported on Sunday, quoting aviation sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria's aviation unions suspend planned strike
    19 may 2013 09:28:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The three aviation unions that threatened to shut the Nigerian airspace starting from Monday over the failure of the authorities to pay them higher wages have suspended their planned strike. Full text...

  • Aviation unions threaten to shut Nigeria's airspace Monday
    17 may 2013 13:01:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Three aviation unions have threatened to shut the Nigerian airspace starting from Monday over the failure of the authorities to pay them higher wages. Full text...

  • 'Private jets used to smuggle cash, fugitives in Nigeria'
    13 may 2013 10:50:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the debate over the newly-unveiled National Civil Aviation Policy 2013 continues in Nigeria, the federal government has explained that some controversial parts of the policy were necessitated by the alleged use of private jets to smuggle cash and wanted persons out of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritanian national carrier resumes flights to Europe after 3-year ban
    10 may 2013 11:19:23
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian national carrier "Mauritania Airlines" on Wednesday resumed flights to Europe following the ban slammed on it in 2010, according to a statement received by PANA Friday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force chopper makes emergency landing
    09 may 2013 15:06:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at a military facility in the country's oil city of Port Harcout on Thursday, but there were no casualty, the NAF spokesman, Group Capt. Dele Alonge said. Full text...

  • Cape Town International Airport is Africa's best
    01 may 2013 23:56:07
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - South African airports dominated the list of the 10 best airports in Africa in 2013, winning the first three places, in addition to the sixth and eighth places, according to the 2013 World Airport Awards held at Passenger Terminal EXPO in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • 'Air transport in Africa may grow by 5.2% in 2013'
    25 april 2013 12:33:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Air transport in Africa may grow by 5.2 percent in 2013, against 5.1 percent in 2012, according to Mr. Elijah Chingosho, Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Full text...

  • Gambia ratifies aviation agreements with Kenya, Saudi Arabia
    18 april 2013 17:29:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian Parliament Wednesday ratified two bilateral aviation agreements -- one with Kenya and the other with Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • RwandAir Express acquires new Boeing 737-700
    18 april 2013 11:23:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has acquired a new generation Boeing 737-700, with capacity for 120 passengers, PANA learnt Thursday from aviation sources in Kigali, the capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria gives foreign airlines 2 weeks to comply with revenue automation
    17 april 2013 11:58:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a two-week ultimatum to foreign airlines to comply with the agency's revenue automation or face sanctions. Full text...

  • US announces disappearance of small aircraft off Gabonese coast
    11 april 2013 17:08:14
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – The press department of the US Embassy in Gabon on Thursday announced the disappearance of a Beechcraft 1900 airplane during a tempest.Full text...

  • Gambian Airlines launch new Banjul-Bamako route
    08 april 2013 17:11:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Gambian bird Airlines, a subsidiary of the Germany-based airlines, Germania, has launched the Banjul-Bamako route, according to a communiqué issued by the company on Monday. Full text...

  • Libyan airline to launch flights to Niger in April
    08 april 2013 16:52:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan carrier, Afriqiyah Airways, plans to extend its services to Niamey, the Nigerien capital, later this month, according to the Libyan Minister of Transport, Abdel Kader Mohamed. Full text...

  • Nigeria risks losing US FAA Category One rating - Experts
    05 april 2013 11:25:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Aviation Round Table (ART), which groups Nigerian aviation experts, has warned that the country risks losing its US Federal Aviation Administration-awarded Category One rating due to interference by the supervising Ministry of Aviation in aviation regulation. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline lowers fare on Lagos-Abuja-Lagos route
    03 april 2013 08:30:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian airline, Dana Air, which has been in and out of suspension following the crash of one its planes in Lagos on 3 June, 2012, has slashed fares on its Lagos-Abuja-Lagos route, according to a statement by the airline Tuesday.Full text...

  • Grounded Nigerian airline resumes operations
    30 march 2013 11:28:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's second largest airline, Aero Contractors, resumed flight operations Friday following a prolonged strike embarked upon by its workers, during which it was also grounded by the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Air Maroc plane makes emergency landing in Lagos
    29 march 2013 09:55:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A passenger plane belonging to Morocco's national airline, Royal Air Maroc, made an emergency landing at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos shortly after taking off on Thursday. Full text...

  • Grounded Nigeria's 2nd largest airline to resume operation
    27 march 2013 14:45:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's second largest airline, Aero Contractors, which was grounded by regulators last week following a protracted strike by its workers, said Wednesday it would resume operations this Easter weekend. Full text...

  • Regulators ground Nigeria's 2nd largest airline
    20 march 2013 18:36:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has grounded the country's second largest domestic airline, Aero Contractors, after days of work stoppage by the airline's workers who are protesting the working conditions. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Dana Airline cleared to fly
    18 march 2013 22:43:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's aviation authorities on Monday lifted the temporary suspension which they slammed on Dana Air over safety concerns on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria again suspends operating licence of Dana Air
    17 march 2013 15:43:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Sunday announced the temporary suspension of the licence of the local airline Dana Air over alleged safety concerns. Full text...

  • Nigeria's aviation regulator gets new boss
    15 march 2013 09:23:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated Capt. Fola Akinkuotu as the new Director General of the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Stakeholders condemn sack of Nigeria aviation regulator's boss
    13 march 2013 09:09:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Monday's sack of the Director-General of the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, by President Goodluck Jonathan has attracted criticism from key stakeholders in the aviation sector. Full text...

  • Nigeria sacks head of civil aviation regulatory body
    12 march 2013 08:14:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren. Full text...

  • Nigeria to begin direct flights to Israel
    12 march 2013 07:59:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is finalising the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) with Israel that will result in the commencement of direct flights from Nigeria to the Middle East nation before the next Christian pilgrimage scheduled for October, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2 new airport hangers opened in Mauritius
    11 march 2013 18:43:45
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – Two of the five aviation hangers, recently build at the Mauritius international airport, became operational Monday, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Storm cuts power supply to Nigeria's main airport
    05 march 2013 15:05:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A rainstorm on Monday night cut off public power supply to Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the economic capital city of Lagos, delaying departing and arriving flights, according to the spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati. Full text...

  • At least 30 feared dead in Goma plane crash
    04 march 2013 22:11:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – At least 30 people are feared dead when a plane on a domestic flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) crashed on Monday in the eastern city of Goma, official sources told PANA in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways, Etihad seal code-sharing deal
    22 february 2013 15:29:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways has announced the expansion of its global network through a new code-sharing agreement with Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ national airline. Full text...

  • Puma invests in Botswana aviation industry
    22 february 2013 10:46:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Puma Energy company has launched a P27 million (US$3 million) aviation fuelling facility in Botswana’s resort town of Maun. Full text...

  • Malawi public workers threaten to close airports, march to presidency
    19 february 2013 16:10:33
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Public workers in Malawi, on strike to press for a 67% pay hike, have threatened to close the country's airports should government not bow down to their demands.Full text...

  • Emirates launches as-it-happens on board tv viewing
    18 february 2013 12:19:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has launched live television viewing as part of its on-going efforts to provide the latest in on-board entertainment. Full text...

  • Nigeria investigators release reports of air crashes
    17 february 2013 09:40:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released the report of eight air crashes dating back to 2005, with a number of safety recommendations to prevent a recurrence. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius posted 6.1-million-euro profit in last quarter of 2012
    14 february 2013 18:23:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian National Airline, Air Mauritius, Thursday said that it made a net profit of 6.1 million euros for the third quarter (October-December) of 2012 during the 2012/2013 financial year, sources close to the airline told PANA here. Full text...

  • Guinea army chief, 10 others perish in helicopter crash near Monrovia
    11 february 2013 15:40:47
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Guinea’s Army Chief of Staff, General Souleymane Kelefa Diallo, was killed on Monday when a helicopter he was flying in crashed near Monrovia’s military airport, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

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