African Air Transport (AFRAA) -
  • 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...

  • Mauritanian judge issues arrest warrants against 3 “Mauritanie Airways” officials
    08 february 2013 16:32:19
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A Mauritanian court Friday issued an international arrest warrants against three officials of the Mauritania-based private airline, “Mauritanie Airways”, Judiciary sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Three die in Niamey plane crash
    04 february 2013 22:20:56
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – An light aircraft crashed on Monday afternoon as it was taking off from the Diori Hamani international airport of Niamey, killing all three people on board. Full text...

  • 'Angola airline carried more passengers in 2012'
    02 february 2013 14:07:55
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The number of passengers carried by Angolan Airline, TAAG, increased from 1.050 million in 2011 to 1.2 million in 2012, the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Pimentel Araújo, said on Friday.Full text...

  • 'Air Mauritius looking for strategic partner'
    01 february 2013 22:49:08
    Le Morne, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime minister, Navin Ramgoolam, on Friday said the country's national carrier, Air Mauritius, was looking for a strategic partner to improve its performance. Full text...

  • Ethiopia grounds Africa's only Dreamliners over safety concerns
    17 january 2013 15:50:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines, the first and only airliner in Africa to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Thursday grounded the aircraft over safety concerns, PANA reported, quoting a statement from airline. Full text...

  • Nigerian airlines with unserviceable aircraft get removal ultimatum
    17 january 2013 15:17:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Thursday issued a one-week ultimatum to all airlines with abandoned and unserviceable aircraft at any of the nation's major airports to remove them Full text...

  • Harmattan haze disrupts flights in Nigeria
    11 january 2013 19:33:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Domestic and international flights out of Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the country's commercial city of Lagos were grounded for at least three hours on Friday due to the harmattan haze that is blanketing the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian airports record 13m passengers in 2012
    10 january 2013 10:13:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - About 13.4 million passengers travelled through Nigeria's airports in 2012, compared to 11 million travellers in 2011, representing an increase of 2.4 million passengers, according to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Full text...

  • Nigeria, Ivorian airlines explore partnership
    09 january 2013 20:51:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's largest domestic airline, Arik Air, and Cote d'Ivoire's new carrier Air Cote d'Ivoire, are exploring a partnership that could help resolve the challenges of intra-Africa connections. Full text...

  • Central, West African civil aviation officials begin Cameroon training
    07 january 2013 21:42:53
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Civil aviation officials from four Central and West African countries on Monday began a training programme in the Cameroonian political capital, Yaoundé, a US embassy official in Cameroon told PANA.Full text...

  • Dutchman heads Cameroon’s national carrier
    04 january 2013 12:03:31
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Dutchman Matthijs Boertien has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cameroon’s national airline, Cameroon Airlines Corporation (CAMAIR-CO), by a presidential decree published Thursday by the state-run television CRTV. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Dana Air, grounded after a deadly crash, resumes flight operations
    03 january 2013 17:50:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Dana Air resumed flight operations Thursday, six months after one of its planes crashed on the outskirts of the country's commercial city of Lagos, killing 159 people. Full text...

  • Kenyan Airways plane makes emergency landing in Khartoum
    02 january 2013 11:29:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenya Airways (KQ) aircraft flying to Cairo, Egypt, has made an emergency landing in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, after encountering engine trouble, the airline's chief executive said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to set up accident investigation lab
    28 december 2012 14:53:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With many plane crashes yet to be conclusively investigated, Nigeria's aviation authorities Friday announced a plan to establish an accident investigation laboratory in the capital city of Abuja at a cost of US$5.5 million. Full text...

  • Lighting restored to runway at Nigeria's main airport after 5 yrs
    25 december 2012 12:17:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After half a decade, lighting was restored to the runway at the domestic wing of Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the commercial city of Lagos Tuesday, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said. Full text...

  • Mauritania removed from international aviation security watch list
    23 december 2012 12:52:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has welcomed the aviation sector reforms embarked upon by Mauritanian authorities which culminated in the removal of the north west African nation from ICAO's "safety watch list". Full text...

  • Plane engine vortex damages arrival hall, 12 cars at Nigeria airport
    19 december 2012 22:17:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The powerful vortex generated by the engines of a cargo plane Wednesday blew off part of the roof of the arrival hall at the main gateway Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, with the blown-off portion of the roof landing on 12 expensive cars parked nearby. Full text...

  • Sudanese military plane crashes, kills pilot
    19 december 2012 16:06:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese military fighter aircraft crashed Wednesday at the Al Obeid airport in North Kordufan, central Sudan, killing the pilot, according to the Sudanese Army Spokesperson, Colonel Sawarmi Khalid Saad. Full text...

  • Gabon signs two air transport agreements with France and Luxembourg
    18 december 2012 20:18:50
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Gabon has signed two separate air transport agreements with Luxembourg and France under which airlines from the two countries will operate flights to the Central African state. Full text...

  • Remains of all 6 victims of Nigeria military chopper crash recovered
    16 december 2012 15:46:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The remains of all six people, including a state governor, who died in Saturday's crash of a military helicopter in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region, have been retrieved, the Nigerian Navy said Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigerian presidency confirms death of state gov. former NSA in military chopper crash
    15 december 2012 22:29:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Presidency has confirmed the death of Gov. Patrick Yakowa of northern Kaduna State, former National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Owoye Azazi and four others in Saturday's crash of a military helicopter in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governor, former National Security Adviser feared dead in chopper crash
    15 december 2012 19:06:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Patrick Yakowa of Nigeria's northern Kaduna state and former National Security Adviser (NSA) Owoye Azazi are feared to have died when a military helicopter in which they were travelling crashed in the oil rich Bayelsa state Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline begins compensation payment to crash victims families
    13 december 2012 15:25:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Dana Airline has begun payment of compensation to the families of the 159 people who died in the 3 June 2012 crash of its aircraft on the outskirts of the country's commercial city of Lagos, airline officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • SA military backtracks on air crash reports
    06 december 2012 10:54:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African National Defence Force Thursday afternoon dismissed reports that former President Nelson Mandela's medical team had been on board a military aircraft which crashed in the Drakensberg mountain range near Ladysmith Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mandela's medical team feared killed in air crash
    06 december 2012 07:47:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The wreckage of a missing military aircraft believed to be carrying 11 members of the Nelson Mandela medical team has been found in the Drakensberg mountain range, the South African National Defence Force said Thursday. Full text...

  • Two airlines get operator's certificates in Nigeria
    05 december 2012 20:29:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Wednesday issued new Air Operator's Certificates (AOC) to Dana Air and Skyjet Aviation, paving the way for them to kick-start their operations. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria loses 1,166 people in 131 air crashes in 45 years'
    04 december 2012 18:39:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) Tuesday said Nigeria lost 1,166 lives to 131 aircraft accidents between 1967 and 2012. Full text...

  • Death toll from Congo cargo plane crash now 32
    01 december 2012 16:04:07
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Rescuers from the Congolese Red Cross found seven more victims of the cargo plane, which crashed Friday evening in Makazou, south-west of Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, bringing the the death toll as at Saturday to 32. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation official canvasses tighter air cargo security
    28 november 2012 21:07:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A top Nigerian aviation official has asked cargo handlers at the nation's airports to be more security and safety conscious to prevent terrorists from infiltrating their ranks. Full text...

  • No casualty in Comoros plane crash
    28 november 2012 11:45:15
    Moroni, Comoros (PANA) - None of the 25 passengers and four crew members aboard the Embraer 120 plane, operated by Comoran Airline Comores Inter Iles, was harmed when the plane crashed Tuesday off the coast of the capital, Moroni, aviation officials said. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt to assist domestic airlines to acquire aircraft
    27 november 2012 09:31:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government is to assist domestic airlines to acquire airplanes, as part of efforts to salvage the ailing aviation sector, a top Nigerian aviation official said. Full text...

  • Man 'strays' into runway at Lagos airport
    18 november 2012 10:31:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A man suspected to be mentally unstable strayed into the runway of the domestic wing of Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and narrowly escaped being crushed by a landing plane, the local Thisday newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Fuel pipeline to SA's OR Tambo airport contaminated
    16 november 2012 11:29:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The fuel pipeline to South Africa's OR Tambo International Airport, Africa’s busiest, has been contaminated and rendered unfit for use by airlines, according to the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). Full text...

  • Runway at SA's OR Tambo Airport closed after plane incident
    13 november 2012 11:37:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - One of the runways at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, was temporarily shut down Tuesday after one of the tyres of a plane about to take off exploded, causing the plane to catch fire. Full text...

  • Nigeria's 2nd largest domestic airline expands fleet with 2 additional aircraft
    12 november 2012 19:12:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's second largest domestic airline, Aero Contractors, has acquired two additional Boeing 737-400 aircraft, bringing its total fleet to 12, the company's publicists said in a statement Monday. Full text...

  • Missing pilots, aircraft yet to be found in SA
    12 november 2012 09:31:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The family of two South African men, who went missing on 28 October while flying over Mozambique, are still trying to locate them. Full text...

  • Turkish airline to operate Istanbul-Niamey route from 15 Dec
    09 november 2012 16:20:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transport on Friday announced that Turkish Airlines will start operating the Istanbul-Niamey route from 15 December, according to an official statement issued here.Full text...

  • Nigeria's domestic airlines to have tracking device
    09 november 2012 12:44:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - All aircraft operated by domestic airlines in Nigeria are to be fitted with Automated Flight Information Reporting System, as part of efforts to ensure air safety in the country, according to the Director-General of the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Full text...

  • Low-cost SA airline provisionally liquidated
    08 november 2012 08:29:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's low cost airline 1Time was Wednesday granted provisional liquidation by the high court in Pretoria. Full text...

  • German airline launches Frankfurt-Cape Town route
    06 november 2012 11:51:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - German airline Condor has launched nonstop flights from Frankfurt to Cape Town twice weekly. Full text...

  • Aviation expert advises Nigerian govt on airline proliferation
    04 november 2012 16:35:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African aviation expert Nick Fadugba has advised the Nigerian government to consolidate rather than proliferate airlines in the country, amid reports that the government is planning to float a new national carrier. Full text...

  • KLM returns to Zimbabwe
    31 october 2012 08:59:25
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Dutch airline KLM resumed flights to Zimbabwe Tuesday, 13 years after the carrier pulled out of the country. Full text...

  • SAA grounds US flights over hurricane fears
    29 october 2012 11:08:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Airways (SAA) has grounded all its flights to and from North America ahead of Hurricane Sandy, which is heading towards the eastern board of the United States. Full text...

  • Nigeria beefs up security at airports after airline scare
    26 october 2012 10:51:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has beefed up security at major international airports across the country following a recent scare involving a domestic airliner. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governor survives plane crash
    26 october 2012 09:31:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Danbaba Suntai of Nigeria's northern Taraba state and five of his aides survived a plane crash in Yola, capital of Adamawa state also in the north, on Thursday night, according to the Ministry of Aviation. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe resumes flights
    25 october 2012 12:08:33
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Air Zimbabwe said Thursday it would resume domestic and regional flights next month, after resolving some of the financial and logistical difficulties which prompted it to suspend operations two years ago. Full text...

  • Air Namibia to operate direct flights to Angolan provincial city
    24 october 2012 16:23:11
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Namibian airline, Air Namibia, will soon launch direct flights from Windhoek, the Namibian capital, to Ondjiva, the capital of Cunene Province in Angola, according to the airline's representative in Angola, Marisa de Almeida.Full text...

  • Nigerian airline denies bomb threat on board aircraft
    23 october 2012 16:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation on Tuesday dismissed as hoax, stories that made the rounds early in the day, of a bomb scare on an Arik Airline flight travelling from Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in north Eastern Nigeria, to Abuja, the Nigerian capital city .Full text...

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