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  • Nigerian airline sends 40 pilots for Computer-Aided-Engineering assessment
    14 october 2013 17:47:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian airline, Arik Air, is to send 40 pilots for Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) assessment in London, the Airline's head of communications and public relations, Mr . Banji Ola, announced here Monday.Full text...

  • French airline Corsair increases flights
    11 october 2013 23:05:11
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The French airline Corsair International will increase its daily flights to several destinations during the new IATA 2013-2014 season, says a statement on Friday made available to PANA. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Algeria set to open direct air links
    11 october 2013 07:26:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines and Air Algerie are poised to start direct flights linking Addis Ababa and Algiers, as the governments of the two countries have affirmed their intention to bolster bilateral ties. Full text...

  • 'ICAO removes Congo from blacklist'
    07 october 2013 12:34:29
    Brazzaville , Congo (PANA) - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed the Republic of Congo from its black-listed countries following the improvement in the country's air transport safety measures, Transport Minister Rodolphe Adada has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria suspends operations of 2nd airline in 24 hours
    07 october 2013 07:44:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operations of local Dana Air so the regulatory agency can conduct an operational audit on the airline, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's regulatory body suspends airline after plane crash
    05 october 2013 17:59:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday suspended all operations of Associated Aviation Ltd., two days after one of its planes was involved in a crash that killed 13 of the 20 passengers on board. Full text...

  • Update 5: 20 passengers, crew on board Nigeria plane
    03 october 2013 21:22:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thirteen passengers and seven crew members were on board the Associated Airlines' Embraer 120 plane that crashed shortly after take-off from the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday, according to the flight's passenger manifest obtained by PANA.Full text...

  • Update 4: Nigeria's President mourns victims of plane crash, orders probe
    03 october 2013 19:19:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed ''great shock and sadness'' at the plane crash that left at least 13 dead in the commercial city of Lagos Thursday. Full text...

  • Update 3: 'Only six persons survived Nigeria plane crash'
    03 october 2013 14:39:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Only six of the 20 passengers and crew aboard the local Associated Airlines' Embraer 120 plane that crashed in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos on Thursday survived, according to Usman Muktar, a Commissioner with the country's Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Full text...

  • Update 2: At least 9 dead in Nigeria plane crash
    03 october 2013 12:57:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 9 people are feared to have died when a commuter plane carrying 20 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos Thursday, rescue officials said. Full text...

  • Update 1: Casualties feared as plane crashes in Lagos
    03 october 2013 11:28:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A commuter plane with 20 people on board has crashed shortly after takeoff from the local wing of Nigeria's main gate Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has confirmed. Full text...

  • Low-cost airline sees bright future in Tanzania
    03 october 2013 10:48:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Despite a US$24.9 million loss posted in its Tanzanian operation in the first half of 2013, Fastjet is confident in the potential of its long-term strategy to become the pan-African low cost airline of choice, according to Ed Winter, the company’s interim chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS; Commuter plane crashes in Lagos
    03 october 2013 10:33:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A commuter plane with 20 people on board has crashed shortly after takeoff from the local wing of Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the commercial city of Lagos, aviation sources told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Three teenage would-be stowaways arrested at Nigeria's busiest airport
    01 october 2013 08:22:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The massive publicity given to the teenage boy who flew in the wheel well of a local flight in Nigeria last August may have unwittingly encouraged other young boys to try out the risky venture, after three teenage boys were arrested by the police at the country's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Full text...

  • Congo to attend 38th ICAO session in Montreal
    20 september 2013 20:18:16
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo will attend the 38th session of the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) scheduled for the Canadian city of Montreal from 24 September to 4 October, the Congolese Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said on Friday.Full text...

  • Tap aviation potentials to drive Africa's economic growth, says IATA
    17 september 2013 19:25:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on public and private aviation stakeholders to tap potentials in that sector with a view to driving economic growth in Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria enhances airport security on 9/11 anniversary
    11 september 2013 09:14:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian aviation authorities said they have installed modern security equipment at the country's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the economic capital of Lagos and other airports across the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation stakeholders warn against making hero out of stowaway boy
    10 september 2013 10:28:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has warned against any attempt to make a hero out of the teenager boy who stowed away on a local flight from the southern city of Benin to the economic capital city of Lagos 24 Aug. Full text...

  • 'Nigerian teenage stowaway thought plane was US-bound'
    26 august 2013 12:47:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian teenage stowaway Daniel Ihekina, who flew in the wheel well of a domestic flight from the southern city of Benin to the economic capital city of Lagos Saturday, thought the plane was flying to the US. Full text...

  • Nigeria's domestic flight security breach: Teenage boy flies in plane wheel well
    25 august 2013 10:22:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's aviation authorities have launched an investigation into how a teenage boy flew from Benin in the country's southern Edo state to the economic capital city of Lagos in the wheel well of a plane operated by the local Arik Air on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Airlines opens second cargo hub in Africa
    24 august 2013 11:06:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines, which operates the largest cargo services in Africa, is to open its second cargo hub in Africa, in partnership with the Lome-based ASKY Airlines, the Ethiopian flag carrier has announced on its website. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Airlines to launch international flights to South-east Nigeria
    19 august 2013 09:30:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines is set to launch international flights from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Nigeria's South-eastern city of Enugu 24 Aug., PANA learnt from Nigerian aviation authorities Monday. Full text...

  • Jomo Kenyatta airport fire: Kenya Airways resumes full domestic operation
    08 august 2013 23:27:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - One day after a huge fire gutted parts of Kenya's main gateway Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), the country's national carrier, Kenya Airways, has resumed full operations for its domestic flights, the airline announced in a statement issued here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Jomo Kenyatta airport fire: Obama offers US support to Kenya
    08 august 2013 10:15:52
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has offered his country's support for Kenya following Wednesday's fire incident that gutted parts of the main Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital city of Nairobi. Full text...

  • Jomo Kenyatta airport fire update 3: Cause of fire is being investigated - Presidency
    07 august 2013 14:16:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan presidency has said the cause of Wednesday's dawn fire that gutted parts of the country's main airport is being investigated, hence there is no need for anyone to speculate about it. Full text...

  • Jomo Kenyatta airport fire update 2: Domestic flights to resume
    07 august 2013 12:10:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has announced that domestic flights are set to resume at the country's main airport, following the fire that gutted the arrival wing serving international passengers early Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africa's leading carrier SAA 'monitoring' Kenya airport fire
    07 august 2013 10:06:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Though it has yet to cancel any of its flights to Kenya, Africa's leading carrier South African Airways (SAA) has said it is monitoring the situation at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a huge fire gutted the arrival terminal early Wednesday. Full text...

  • Jomo Kenyatta Airport fire update: Kenya airways says all staffers safe
    07 august 2013 09:42:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways has said all its staffers and customers are safe following the huge fire that gutted the arrival terminal of the country's main gateway Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the nation's capital, Nairobi, early Wednesday. Full text...

  • Developing Story: Kenya's main airport shut due to dawn fire
    07 august 2013 07:06:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's main gateway Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the nation's capital, Nairobi, was closed and flights diverted to other airports Wednesday due to a dawn fire at the arrival terminal, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Flights grounded after tax men seal up airport in Nigeria
    30 july 2013 15:01:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Flights were grounded and commercial activities paralysed Tuesday when tax officials from Nigeria's southern Edo State government sealed up one of the country's busiest local airports, located in the state capital, Benin City. Full text...

  • Aviation fuel scarcity hits airlines in Nigeria
    23 july 2013 19:23:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has been hit by the scarcity of aviation fuel, called Jet A-1, triggering flight delays in some of the nation's airports, PANA has learnt from airport officials in the economic capital city of Lagos. Full text...

  • SAA gets new A320 aircraft
    23 july 2013 11:29:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday confirmed that it had taken delivery of the first two of the 20 A320s aircraft it ordered from Airbus in 2010. Full text...

  • Seven Gabonese airlines banned from EU air space
    17 july 2013 19:03:37
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Seven Gabonese airlines are on the black list of 21 airlines banned from European air space because "they do not meet the appropriate security conditions", sources close to the Gabonese Transport Ministry told PANA on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Investigation blames pilot for Nigerian cargo plane crash in Ghana
    10 july 2013 20:49:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The report of investigations into last year's crash of Nigerian-registered Allied Air cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra has blamed the pilot for the accident. Full text...

  • 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...

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