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  • 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...

  • 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...

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