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  • Zimbabwe airline runs out of fuel, fires official
    22 november 2005 17:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's state-owned airline Tuesday grounded its entire fleet, affecting hundreds of passengers travelling to local, regional and international destinations, due to fuel shortage that has become a perennial problem for the southern African country. Full text...

  • SAA, SA Airlink extend partnership to October 2006
    21 november 2005 12:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) and its regional partner, SA Airlink will continue their existing partnership until October 2006, airline authorities have confirmed here. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt orders probe of aviation agencies
    21 november 2005 11:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Minister of Aviation Babalola Borishade has ordered a probe into the finances of the four agencies under the ministry of aviation as part of efforts to strengthen the sector. Full text...

  • Nigeria may hire expatriates to man aviation industry
    18 november 2005 12:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday confessed to feeling "gloomy" about the problems plaguing the country's aviation industry, and said he would hire expatriates to man the sector if necessary. Full text...

  • Qatar Airways 'spreads wings' to Africa
    16 november 2005 17:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Qatar Airways, one of the largest Middle East airlines, has launched direct flights to East Africa with daily flights to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, as part of plans to increase its operations on the African continent. Full text...

  • US manufacturer, Kenya Airways sign aircraft deal
    15 november 2005 16:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways has entered into a new deal with US aircraft manufacturer Boeing Corporation for the purchase of additional aircraft to boost the airline's fleet, the company said in a statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • SAA to assist airlines to meet e-ticketing deadline
    15 november 2005 10:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has offered to help African airlines struggling to implement electronic ticketing requirements before IATA's 2007 deadline, SAA said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Annual passenger rate at Abidjan airport drops 50%
    14 november 2005 22:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Annual traffic at Felix Houphouët-Boigny international Airport in Abidjan declined from 1. Full text...

  • Flight recorders still missing in Nigerian crash
    14 november 2005 11:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Flight recorders of the Nigerian plane that crashed in October have not been found after the excavation search of the aircraft's wreckage ended at Lisa near Lagos at the weekend, investigators said here. Full text...

  • Nigeria to shut Lagos airport runway again
    12 november 2005 10:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that the only functioning runway at the nation's gateway Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos will be closed for repairs Sunday. Full text...

  • European airlines for quick solution to Lagos runway problems
    11 november 2005 09:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- European airlines flying into Nigeria may suspend their operations if ongoing repair work on one of the runways at the gateway Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos is not completed on time. Full text...

  • SAA, staff strike service conditions accord
    09 november 2005 15:25:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) Wednesday reached agreements with its cabin crew and ground staff, three months after the airline agreed to deal with issues of working conditions after a weeklong strike in July that disrupted regional and international flights. Full text...

  • Nigerian crashed plane's flight-data recorders still missing
    08 november 2005 12:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two weeks after the crash of the Nigerian private Bellview Airline's Boeing 737 jetliner at Lisa, near Lagos, the flight- data recorders have yet to be found, according to accident investigators. Full text...

  • Morocco airline transports over 4 million passengers
    08 november 2005 08:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and its tourist subsidiary, Atlas Blue, transported over 4,465 million passengers aboard its regular flights by the end of October 2005m an increase of more than 20% compared with the 2003-2004 financial year. Full text...

  • Flights resume at Lagos airport after runway repairs
    07 november 2005 13:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Normal flight operations have resumed at Nigeria's gateway Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos, following the 10- hour closure of the airport's only functioning runway for repairs at the weekend. Full text...

  • Lagos runway shut for repairs
    05 november 2005 18:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian aviation authorities have announced temporary closure this weekend of the only functioning runway at the gateway Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos to enable workmen to do repairs on it. Full text...

  • Lagos Airport runway shut for repairs
    05 november 2005 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian aviation authorities have announced temporary closure for repairs, this weekend, of the only functioning runway at the country's gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Full text...

  • Half of Nigeria's commercial air fleet is aged - Newspaper
    04 november 2005 13:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- More than half of Nigeria's aircraft being used for commercial flights in the country has exceeded the 22-year age limit set by the aviation authorities, the private Punch newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria assures air travellers despite crash
    03 november 2005 18:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's aviation authorities have assured travellers that they would continue to maintain the highest safety standards despite the recent air crash in the country that killed all 117 people on board, and the massive outcry that greeted the bungled search for possible survivors. Full text...

  • Morocco airline buys five long-range Boeing planes
    02 november 2005 22:57:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and the American Boeing aircraft manufacturer signed in Casablanca Wednesday a contract under which will acquire five long-range passenger planes of the latest generation worth US$650 million, the first of which will be delivered in October 2008. Full text...

  • Rain disrupts excavation work at Nigeria plane crash site
    01 november 2005 17:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A downpour that lasted several hours Tuesday disrupted work at the site of the private Bellview plane crash, where experts are trying to dig out a large part of the plane's fuselage. Full text...

  • Passenger jet overshoots runway in Nigeria
    01 november 2005 13:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A small passenger jetliner with 16 people on board overshot the runway while landing at the main gateway Murtala Muhammed Airport in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos Tuesday, aviation officials said. Full text...

  • Nigeria goes tough with air travellers after crash
    31 october 2005 21:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's aviation authorities Monday banned air travellers in the country from using air tickets not bearing their names. Full text...

  • Nigeria to build memorial monument for air crash victims
    30 october 2005 15:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is to build a memorial monument at the site of last Saturday's passenger jetliner crash at Lisa, some 50 km north of the commercial city of Lagos, President Olusegun Obasanjo announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Somali warlords threaten to down planes
    30 october 2005 10:04:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Former Somali warlords turned cabinet ministers have threatened to shoot down any plane which obey new orders from the transitional federal government (TFG) that ordered the closure of two main airport controlled by the warlords in an effort to boost the TFG tax revenues. Full text...

  • Air Maroc to launch Togo flights 2 November
    29 october 2005 14:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Moroccan national carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), is to begin three weekly flights to Togo from 2 November, Mohamed Mjahed, the airline's representative to Togo and Ghana said here. Full text...

  • Kenyan Airways semi-annual profits climb 48%
    28 october 2005 12:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan Airways weathered a fresh onslaught from Middle East carriers to post a 48 percent increase in profit over the last six months, with profits soaring from 1. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways to prop 4 African airlines' safety standards
    28 october 2005 10:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways said here Friday it plans to help smaller African national airlines meet international air safety standards and audits, which are key requirements in the airline industry, especially for code sharing. Full text...

  • Nigerians mourn victims at air crash site
    27 october 2005 13:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Hundreds of Nigerians, including President Olusegun Obasanjo and four state governors, Thursday gathered at the scene of the private Bellview airline's plane crash that killed 117 people, for an inter-faith religious service in honour of the victims. Full text...

  • Nigeria police probe group's claim on plane crash
    27 october 2005 11:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After initially dismissing it, the Nigeria police have launched an investigation into the claim by a previously-unknown group in the oil-producing Niger Delta that it was responsible for Saturday's crash of a commercial jetliner at Lisa, near here, in which 117 people died. Full text...

  • Nigeria probes plane disaster
    26 october 2005 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Wednesday launched a multi-faceted probe into the crash of Bellview flight 210 in Lisa, near the commercial capital of Lagos, a day after President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered "a full and thorough investigation" into the cause of the crash. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian plane narrowly escapes disaster in Dakar
    24 october 2005 23:47:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A Cape Verdian airliner (TACV) carrying 38 passengers had an accident Monday at Dakar Airport in Senegal, an airline official, Joao Pereira, said Praia. Full text...

  • Data recorders from crashed plane still missing - Minister
    24 october 2005 17:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade Monday denied local press reports that the flight-data recorders from the crashed passenger jetliner, which killed 117 people Saturday, have been found. Full text...

  • Regulatory body bans radio, TV over plane crash coverage
    24 october 2005 11:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The regulatory Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shut the nation's foremost independent broadcast organisation, Daar Communications, over alleged unprofessional coverage of Saturday's plane crash in the country. Full text...

  • Bellview aircraft wreckage found in a village
    23 october 2005 14:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The mystery of the location of a passenger jetliner that crashed in Nigeria Saturday night has apparently been solved after the site was reported to be in Lissa Village, an hour's drive from the commercial city Lagos. Full text...

  • SAA sharply reduces domestic fares
    22 october 2005 17:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) is offering lowest fares on all its domestic routes effective 1 November, the airline announced. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways introduces automatic cargo handling system
    21 october 2005 15:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Cargo Division has launched an automated cargo tracing and tracking facility to help travellers and traders trace their goods, the airline said here Friday. Full text...

  • ASECNA delegation for talks with Mauritania junta
    19 october 2005 15:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A delegation of the Agency for the Security of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) has arrived here on a three-day working visit to Mauritania, official sources announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's flag carrier slates Lagos-Johannesburg flight
    19 october 2005 14:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's flag carrier Virgin Nigeria plans to begin its Lagos-Johannesburg flight 24 November 2005, according to the airline's chief executive officer, Simon Harford. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways begins direct flights to China
    19 october 2005 11:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways has commenced scheduled flights to Guangzhou in China in what company executives said was a reaction to increased demands for African products in China. Full text...

  • Cameroon, Senegal update transport accord
    18 october 2005 17:33:00
    Yaoundé- Cameroon (PANA) -- Visiting Senegalese tourism and air transport minister Ousmane Masseck Ndiaye and his Cameroonian counterpart Dekole Daissala Tuesday signed an accord here updating the legal framework on air services between the two countries. Full text...

  • Ghana airport workers' strike disrupts flights
    17 october 2005 21:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ground operations at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra was disrupted on Monday evening as ground handling workers went on strike following a wage dispute with their management. Full text...

  • ECOWAS pondering sub-regional airline project
    06 october 2005 15:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is planning to set up a sub-regional airline company to facilitate the free movement of people and goods among its 15-member States, a source said here Thursday. Full text...

  • SAA to end code share with Cathay Pacific
    06 october 2005 15:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) will end its code share agreement with Cathay Pacific, its partner to the Far East, once joining Star Alliance next year, the airline announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Solidarity files legal action against airlines
    06 october 2005 14:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Trade union Solidarity Thursday filed legal action against Nationwide Airlines accusing the carrier of discriminating and victimising staff members who took part in a recent strike. Full text...

  • Mozambique to modernise airports with US$60m
    06 october 2005 08:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's publicly-owned Airports company, ADM, said it would invest 60 million US dollars over the next five years on the modernisation of its infrastructure, including the Maputo International airport, the largest in the country. Full text...

  • Kibaki thanks IATA for technical support
    05 october 2005 13:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has thanked the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for providing technical support to his country's aviation industry. Full text...

  • IATA official warns African carriers on industry hardships
    04 october 2005 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In the face of high operation costs and ballooning global oil prices, African airlines must cut inefficiencies, reduce taxation on air tickets and work on route mergers to beat global competition, a visiting International Air Transport Association (IATA) official warned here. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways makes maiden Maputo flight
    03 october 2005 16:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Kenya Airways operated its first Nairobi- Maputo flight Sunday, promising to offer "competitive prices" to travellers subscribing to its service. Full text...

  • SAA launches flights to Livingstone in Zambia
    02 october 2005 18:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) on Sunday launched flights to Livingstone, Zambia's tourist capital on the shores of the Zambesi River. Full text...

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