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  • Nigeria grounds 4th private airline
    21 december 2005 19:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's presidential task force on aviation Wednesday grounded a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by the private Fresh Airlines because of worn-out tyres. Full text...

  • Maghreb airline pilots to open head office in Casablanca
    20 december 2005 20:26:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan city of Casablanca will host the Union of the Maghreb Airline Pilots (UMPL)'s head office, the UMPL said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans third airline
    20 december 2005 13:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The special task force set up to carry out safety checks on planes operated by local airlines in Nigeria has grounded Bellview Airlines, following Monday's incident in Accra in which one of its planes made an emergency landing at the Kotoka international Airport. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans some B737 models from flying
    18 december 2005 11:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has slammed an immediate ban on some models of the popular Boeing 737 airplanes being used by most of the local airlines, dealing a serious blow to the nation's domestic air operations. Full text...

  • Morocco, European Union sign new aviation pact
    16 december 2005 20:23:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Morocco and the European Union have signed a new agreement in the aviation sector, official sources indicated in Brussels Friday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to inaugurate Nigerian aviation Task Force Monday
    15 december 2005 20:52:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will Monday inaugurate a government Task Force on the aviation industry as part of efforts to enhance air safety in the country, presidential spokesperson Remi Oyo said here Thursday. Full text...

  • ASECNA boss speaks on plane crashes
    14 december 2005 22:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director General of ASECNA (Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar), Youssouf Mahamat, on Wednesday said no plane crash has been imputed to the responsibility of the agency he heads. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius opens engineer training institution
    14 december 2005 21:59:00
    Plaisance- Mauritius (PANA) -- Air Mauritius has opened a training centre for aeronautical engineers, built in Plaisance in collaboration with Air New Zealand. Full text...

  • Obasanjo shrugs off call to sack aviation minister after crashes
    14 december 2005 20:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ignoring calls by the Nigerian parliament to sack Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade in the wake of recent deadly air crashes, President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday directed the Minister to move speedily to implement newly-approved measures to boost air safety in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian lawmakers demand aviation minister's departure
    14 december 2005 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's bicameral national assembly has passed separate motions calling for the removal of Aviation Minister Babalola Borishade in the wake of incessant air crashes in the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss condoles Nigeria over plane crash
    13 december 2005 21:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has condoled Nigeria over Saturday's plane crash in Port Harcourt in which 107 persons died, an ECOWAS statement said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Port Harcourt airport reopens after crash
    13 december 2005 21:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Port Harcourt Airport in Nigeria's southern Rivers state has re-opened for normal flight operations following Saturday's crash of the private Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 jetliner, which killed 107 people, according to state-run Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). Full text...

  • Obasanjo suspends two local airlines
    13 december 2005 16:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday suspended two local airlines, including the one involved in Saturday's crash that claimed 107 lives. Full text...

  • Nigerian state hosts memorial service for air crash victims
    13 december 2005 12:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Rivers State government Tuesday held an interfaith memorial service for the 107 people who perished after their plane crashed short of the Port Harcourt Airport Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's air crash victims' families feud over remains
    13 december 2005 11:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Families of some of Nigeria's latest air crash victims are feuding over the remains of some of the over 50 school children who died in the crash on Saturday, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria sends crashed plane's voice, data recorders to UK
    12 december 2005 22:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Investigators probing last Saturday's crash of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jetliner in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt have sent the cockpit voice and flight data recorders to the UK "for reading and analysis". Full text...

  • Obasanjo's post-crash axe falls on aviation officials
    12 december 2005 21:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two days after a plane crash that killed 107 people, Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday sent two top aviation officials on "indefinite leave immediately," presidential spokesperson Remi Oyo said in a statement issued here. Full text...

  • Mbeki extends condolences to Obasanjo
    12 december 2005 12:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has sent condolences to his Nigerian counterpart Olusegun Obasanjo over the death of 107 passenger and crew following a plane crash on Saturday in Port Harcourt in the south of the country. Full text...

  • Flags lowered as Nigerians mourn plane crash victims
    12 december 2005 11:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Public building flags in Nigeria have been ordered to fly at half mast for three days starting Monday as the nation mourns the latest victims of air travel in the country. Full text...

  • Jet fuel shortage hits Cape Town's major airport
    12 december 2005 10:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Flights out of South Africa's Cape Town International Airport were delayed for up to three hours over the weekend due to a severe shortage of jet fuel at the busy facility. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to preside over post-crash aviation sector meet
    11 december 2005 16:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried about the growing spate of accidents in the Nigerian aviation sector, President Olusegun Obasanjo will Tuesday preside over a meeting of all stakeholders in the sector, according to presidential spokesperson Remi Oyo. Full text...

  • Death toll in Nigerian plane crash rises to 107
    11 december 2005 13:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Four of the seven survivors of the Nigerian plane that crashed on Saturday have died, taking the death toll to 107, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria plane crash death toll reaches 103
    10 december 2005 19:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- AlZCZC \par\pard\ql\ltrpar\rtlch\ltrch\f0\fs20\b0\i0 the Nigerian plane that crashed Saturday in the southern city of Port Harcurt are now feared dead as rescue operations rounded off Saturday evening, aviation officials said here. Full text...

  • Nigeria shuts Port Harcourt Airport after crash
    10 december 2005 18:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's aviation authorities have closed Port Harcourt Airport in the aftermath of a commercial plane crash Saturday that killed at least 56 persons, reported Radio Raypower here. Full text...

  • 56 bodies recovered from Nigeria plane crash site
    10 december 2005 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Rescuers in Nigeria have recovered 56 bodies from the site of a commercial jetliner that crashed the oil city of Port Harcourt Saturday, while seven survivors have been taken to the hospital, according to the state-run Radio Nigeria. Full text...

  • SAA launches new route to Zanzibar
    08 december 2005 10:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has launched its route to Zanzibar, a dream holiday destination off the east coast of Tanzania, an SAA official said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria lifts suspension on local airline
    07 december 2005 10:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the suspension it slammed on local airline Fresh Air at the weekend, the agency announced. Full text...

  • Future West African airline interests SADC
    05 december 2005 21:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Company for the Promotion of a Regional Airline (SPCAR) and the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSCI) will on Wednesday in Lome (Togo) sign an agreement to create an airline in West Africa, sources close to the Association of African Airlines (AFRAA) said here Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways passenger capacity up 24%
    01 december 2005 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways said Thursday it recorded a 24-percent increase in passenger capacity to 2. Full text...

  • Nigeria ratifies air services agreement with 4 countries
    30 november 2005 22:29:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government Wednesday ratified the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with Israel, Liberia, Gambia and Chad. Full text...

  • Direct Kinshasa-Dakar flight starts soon
    28 november 2005 23:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese airline, "Les lignes aériennes congolaises" (LAC), and the Spanish airline "Bravo airlines", have officialised in Kinshasa a draft agreement signed on 12 November under which they plan to operate direct Kinshasa- Brussels and Kinshasa-Dakar lines. Full text...

  • Two die in plane crash in northern Nigeria
    28 november 2005 15:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A US-registered private jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna on Monday, killing the pilot and a passenger on board, Nigerian aviation officials have said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe air carrier resumes flights
    24 november 2005 17:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Air Zimbabwe Thursday resumed flying, a day after the airline grounded all domestic, regional and international flights due to lack of fuel. Full text...

  • 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...

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