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  • Nigeria's Dana Airline cleared to fly
    18 march 2013 22:43:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's aviation authorities on Monday lifted the temporary suspension which they slammed on Dana Air over safety concerns on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria again suspends operating licence of Dana Air
    17 march 2013 15:43:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Sunday announced the temporary suspension of the licence of the local airline Dana Air over alleged safety concerns. Full text...

  • Nigeria's aviation regulator gets new boss
    15 march 2013 09:23:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated Capt. Fola Akinkuotu as the new Director General of the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Stakeholders condemn sack of Nigeria aviation regulator's boss
    13 march 2013 09:09:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Monday's sack of the Director-General of the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, by President Goodluck Jonathan has attracted criticism from key stakeholders in the aviation sector. Full text...

  • Nigeria sacks head of civil aviation regulatory body
    12 march 2013 08:14:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren. Full text...

  • Nigeria to begin direct flights to Israel
    12 march 2013 07:59:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is finalising the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) with Israel that will result in the commencement of direct flights from Nigeria to the Middle East nation before the next Christian pilgrimage scheduled for October, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2 new airport hangers opened in Mauritius
    11 march 2013 18:43:45
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – Two of the five aviation hangers, recently build at the Mauritius international airport, became operational Monday, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Storm cuts power supply to Nigeria's main airport
    05 march 2013 15:05:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A rainstorm on Monday night cut off public power supply to Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the economic capital city of Lagos, delaying departing and arriving flights, according to the spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati. Full text...

  • At least 30 feared dead in Goma plane crash
    04 march 2013 22:11:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – At least 30 people are feared dead when a plane on a domestic flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) crashed on Monday in the eastern city of Goma, official sources told PANA in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways, Etihad seal code-sharing deal
    22 february 2013 15:29:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways has announced the expansion of its global network through a new code-sharing agreement with Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ national airline. Full text...

  • Puma invests in Botswana aviation industry
    22 february 2013 10:46:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Puma Energy company has launched a P27 million (US$3 million) aviation fuelling facility in Botswana’s resort town of Maun. Full text...

  • Malawi public workers threaten to close airports, march to presidency
    19 february 2013 16:10:33
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Public workers in Malawi, on strike to press for a 67% pay hike, have threatened to close the country's airports should government not bow down to their demands.Full text...

  • Emirates launches as-it-happens on board tv viewing
    18 february 2013 12:19:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has launched live television viewing as part of its on-going efforts to provide the latest in on-board entertainment. Full text...

  • Nigeria investigators release reports of air crashes
    17 february 2013 09:40:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released the report of eight air crashes dating back to 2005, with a number of safety recommendations to prevent a recurrence. Full text...

  • 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...

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