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  • '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...

  • Tanzanian airline flies to Zimbabwe
    22 october 2012 12:25:47
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A Tanzanian airline said on Monday it will start flights to Zimbabwe in December, plying the Harare-Dar es Salaam route three times a week. Full text...

  • Faulty auxilliary power unit forces aircraft to make emergency landing in Nigeria
    17 october 2012 15:05:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Management of Nigeria's second largest domestic airline, Aero Contractors, said Wednesday that a faulty Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) forced one of its aircraft to make an emergency landing at the main gateway Murtala Mohammed International Airport in the commercial city of Lagos on Monday night. Full text...

  • Passenger plane hits truck while taxiing in Nigeria
    10 october 2012 15:17:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An aircraft operated by Nigeria's domestic IRS Airline hit a truck as it taxied for take-off at the country's main gateway Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos Wednesday, but none of the 91 passengers on board was injured, the airline said. Full text...

  • Mozambique airline resumes flights to Harare
    08 october 2012 18:57:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Mozambique's national airline, LAM, said Monday it would resume flights to Harare at the end of the month following steady economic recovery in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • SAA CEO resigns
    08 october 2012 12:37:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The embattled Chief Executive Officer of South African Airways (SAA) Monday announced she was resigning, just days after government confirmed that government had granted the national carrier a US$568 million bail-out. Full text...

  • Private Tanzanian airline reports profit despite difficult economic situation
    03 october 2012 17:34:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Precision Air, Tanzania’s only airline of choice, recorded a good performance in the 2011/12 financial year despite the turbulent economic situation that affected air transport globally during the period, the airline’s chief executive, Alfonse M. Kioko, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Canadian Bombardier to built US$200m manufacturing unit in Morocco
    30 september 2012 16:45:45
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Canadian aircraft make Bombardier is to invest US$200 million on a manufacturing unit in Casablanca, Morocco's economic hub, in January 2013. Full text...

  • Qatar Airways plane makes emergency landing in Lagos
    30 september 2012 09:10:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Qatar Airways plane on a flight from Doha to Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos made an emergency landing at the main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport Saturday, because one of the tyres had low pressure, the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Africa records more than 50% of aircraft accidents in the world
    24 september 2012 22:59:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Africa's share of world air traffic is a mere 3% but it records about half of air traffic accidents, the Congolese deputy minister for Merchant Navy, Martin Parfait Aimé Coussoud Mavoungou, said on Monday, quoting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Full text...

  • Nigeria's largest domestic airline back in the air
    24 september 2012 10:06:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's largest domestic airline, Arik Air, resumed operations Sunday after ending Thursday's suspension of its flights in protest against the disruption of its operations by unionists backing the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Full text...

  • Nigeria's largest domestic airline set to resume operations
    22 september 2012 17:26:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's largest domestic airline, Arik Air Ltd, which Thursday suspended all domestic flights, is set to resume normal operations following the resolution reached of its challenges with the Nigerian Federal Government. Full text...

  • Nigeria's largest domestic airline suspends flights indefinitely
    20 september 2012 18:49:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's largest domestic airline, Arik Air Ltd., Thursday suspended all domestic flights indefinitely after officials of the various aviation unions besieged the offices of the airline earlier in the day to press for the payments of billions of naira owed to aviation agencies. Full text...

  • East Africa’s budget airline takes off in November
    19 september 2012 12:35:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A European-style low-cost carrier is scheduled to make its inaugural flight from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in November 2012 after its first aircraft, a leased Airbus A319, lands in October, airline’s chief executive Ed Winter announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisian carrier cancels flights to Libya
    17 september 2012 11:17:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's flag carrier Tunisair Sunday cancelled flights to Tripoli and Benghazi, following the Libyan government’s decision to close the Libyan airspace. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline grounded by deadly crash begins re-certification ahead of flight resumption
    13 september 2012 13:03:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's domestic DANA Air, which had the suspension of its operating licence lifted 5 Sept., has begun the process of re-certification by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), as part of efforts to resume flight operations, the airline said in a statement. Full text...

  • Senegal's second international airport ready in 2014
    11 september 2012 10:58:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye has said the country's second international airport will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2014. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria staffers protest sack
    07 september 2012 15:00:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Workers of Air Nigeria who were sacked this week when the Nigerian flag carrier suspended its operations Friday staged a protest march in the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Aviation Minister defends lifting of suspension on Dana Air
    07 september 2012 13:37:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Aviation Minister Stella Oduah has defended the government's decision to lift the suspension slammed on the local Dana Air following the 3 June crash of one of its plane on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos that left at least 159 dead. Full text...

  • British Airways laments dwindling revenue in Africa
    07 september 2012 11:42:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - British Airways, one of Europe's leading airlines, has said its revenue generation from Nigeria has gone down by about 10 per cent, while that of South Africa fell by 23 per cent due to the global economic recession, which has taken a huge toll on airlines operations worldwide. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways cuts staff, defies government
    06 september 2012 21:09:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways has gone ahead and sent home 599 workers in the ongoing staff rationalisation, essentially turning down the government's request to stop the exercise. Full text...

  • Stakeholders hail Nigerian govt for lifting suspension on Dana Air
    06 september 2012 15:29:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Aviation stakeholders in Nigeria Thursday hailed the federal government for lifting the suspension it slammed on the local Dana Air, following the 3 June crash of its MD-83 plane on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos that left at least 159 dead. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Dana Air to resume operation after licence suspension lifted
    06 september 2012 08:44:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The management of Dana Air said Thursday it would soon announce the resumption of its flight operations, one day after the Nigeria government lifted the suspension of its operating licence following the 3 June crash of one of its planes that left at least 159 dead. Full text...

  • Turkish Airways to fly to Gabon from December
    05 september 2012 20:49:09
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabon and Turkey have signed a commercial air transport agreement under which Turkish Airlines will operate 7 flights a week between Turkey and Gabon from the end of December this year, the ministry of Transport announced on Wednesday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria suspends operations, sacks workers
    05 september 2012 09:47:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After a string of problems that hampered its operations, Nigeria flag carrier Air Nigeria has announced the suspension of its local, regional and international operations with effect from 10 Sept. 2012. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways embarks on controversial job cuts
    04 september 2012 17:49:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways (KQ) said Tuesday it had embarked on an ambitious job-cut plan to reduce its annual wage bill by close to US$ 15 million, after an initial 126 of its 600 staff members, earmarked for retrenchment, voluntarily left. Full text...

  • Police helicopter crash kills 4 in Angola
    03 september 2012 13:40:42
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A chopper belonging to the Angolan National Police crashed during election support duties on Saturday, killing all four people on board, according to Angola's official press agency, ANGOP. Full text...

  • Kenya PM blocks Kenya Airways' planned staff cut
    01 september 2012 20:57:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A bid by Kenya Airways to reduce its workforce has taken a new turn after Prime Minister Raila Odinga directed the airlines' management to immediately suspend the plan. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius gets new chairman, CEO
    30 august 2012 16:45:11
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Appalsamy Thomas was Thursday elected chairman of the board of Air Mauritius by the Board of Directors of the Mauritian national airline. Full text...

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