African Air Transport (AFRAA) -
  • Nigerian govt bars two local airlines
    13 march 2004 12:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has suspended the operating licences of two local airlines, Slok and IRS, for allegedly contravening safety and security provisions, the Aviation Ministry said in a statement. Full text...

  • Cotonou hosts international civil aviation forum in May
    11 march 2004 11:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Flight safety in Africa comes to the fore 4-6 May when civil aviation directors from 24 West and Central African countries converge here at an international civil aviation conference, organisers have said. Full text...

  • South African Airways acquires state-of-the-art Airbus
    10 march 2004 12:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) took delivery Tuesday of its first Airbus A340-300E, which is the first "enhanced" version of aircraft. Full text...

  • Air CEMAC project worries Air Gabon staff
    07 march 2004 16:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Air Gabon workers' union (SYPAG) has tackled their management over concerns with a project to set up a central African community airliner, dubbed Air CEMAC. Full text...

  • Workers' strike averted at Air Gabon
    06 march 2004 10:14:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Air Gabon workers have shelved a two-day strike planned to start Saturday over delayed payment of salaries and alleged mismanagement of the airline, trade union sources said. Full text...

  • Moroccan carrier envisages Casablanca-Bordeaux flights
    04 march 2004 21:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is to launch three new weekly flights between Casablanca and the French city of Bordeaux starting 28 March, company sources affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Belgian outfit to rehabilitate runway at Ndjili airport
    25 february 2004 07:31:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- An aviation outfit in Walloon, Belgium has concluded a partnership agreement with the state- owned Air Transport Authority (RVA) in DR Congo to rehabilitate the runway at Ndjili International Airport. Full text...

  • CEMAC Transport ministers discuss regional carrier
    19 february 2004 19:50:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Transports ministers from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and a delegation of the African Development Bank (ADB) are meeting here to finalise a project for the creation of a sub-regional carrier, Air CEMAC. Full text...

  • SAA cuts London fares, offers Cape Town-Frankfurt flights
    11 february 2004 15:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has reduced fares from South Africa to London for a limited time, SAA president and CEO Andre Viljoen confirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • International aviation body suspends Air Zimbabwe
    05 february 2004 16:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global aviation body, has suspended Air Zimbabwe's membership over a debt of US$1. Full text...

  • Nigeria in BASA pacts with six African countries
    05 february 2004 12:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal executive council has approved the signing of Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with 10 countries, including six from Africa, in an attempt to boost economic ties and open new business routes, Aviation Minister Isa Yuguda said. Full text...

  • Air traffic increases between Reunion and South Africa
    04 february 2004 22:58:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Passenger traffic between Reunion and South Africa surged 24 percent in 2003, according to sources at the country's Rolland Garros International Airport. Full text...

  • More airlines contemplate flying Mauritius
    04 february 2004 18:54:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- After Air France, which has been operating here for several years, two more airline companies, Corsair and Star Airlines have indicated plans for flights to Mauritius. Full text...

  • Snowstorm grounds SAA flights in London
    29 january 2004 19:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Severe weather conditions have caused the delay of two South African Airways (SAA) flights, SA221 from London to Cape Town and SA229 to Johannesburg, by 19 hours, airline sources said here. Full text...

  • ICAO takes charge of airport security in Gabon
    20 january 2004 19:49:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) began assessing the airport security system in Gabon on Monday, in keeping with an agreement signed by 180 ICAO member countries in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks in the US. Full text...

  • Uganda demands aviation pact with DR Congo
    19 january 2004 11:09:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Uganda Monday threatened to ban all outbound flights to DR Congo beginning 31 January except an air service agreement is signed between both countries. Full text...

  • New West African airline in the works
    16 january 2004 14:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Potential stakeholders are in the process of setting up a new airline company, Afrique Alliance that will fly five West African countries, Air Togo general manager Emmanuel Gorbaccia disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • SAA appointed technical investor for new Nigerian Airline
    15 january 2004 08:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has appointed South African Airways (SAA) as technical investor for the new national carrier, Nigerian Eagle Airlines, to replace collapsed Nigeria Airways. Full text...

  • Stranded airline passengers protest at Nigerian airport
    13 january 2004 16:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 1,000 stranded passengers of American airline World Airways Tuesday staged a protest at Nigeria's Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, threatening to burn down the airport should the airline fail to take them back to the US by Wednesday. Full text...

  • Families of plane crash victims visit site in Egypt
    07 january 2004 19:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Families of the 148 people who died when a Boeing 737 of Flash Airlines crashed off Charm el-Cheikh resort last Friday, travelled to Egypt Wednesday on board a special flight to visit the crash site. Full text...

  • SA media questions stringent US aviation security rules
    07 january 2004 12:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African media has strongly questioned current US regulations compelling airlines flying from, to or over American airspace to have US air marshals on board, plus subjection of all arriving visitors to intrusive digital scanning of their faces and hands. Full text...

  • Libyan airline launches direct Tripoli-Geneva link
    04 january 2004 13:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan carrier Al-Afriqiyah launched a direct flight Saturday between Tripoli and Geneva, in what company officials said was part of efforts at widening air links between Africa and the world outside at competitive fares. Full text...

  • British Airways to operate flights to Algiers
    03 january 2004 19:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- British Airways is due to operate a maiden flight from London to Algiers on Monday, airline sources said here Saturday, noting that the flight would be the first link between London and Algiers. Full text...

  • Air Malawi resumes flights to northern city after crash
    31 december 2003 14:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- National carrier Air Malawi Wednesday announced the resumption of daily flights to the northern city of Mzuzu that were suspended last Saturday following a light plane crash. Full text...

  • Air Seychelles to launch second direct flight from London
    26 december 2003 23:13:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Air Seychelles will introduce a second weekly flight from London next April, Tourism Office director Francis Savy disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius launches direct Reunion-Rodrigues flights
    26 december 2003 13:04:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Air Mauritius Friday launched its maiden biweekly flights between Reunion and the Rodrigues Island, an official of the airline disclosed here. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius profit down 8.7%
    25 december 2003 11:52:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- State-run Air Mauritius airline announced Thursday an 8. Full text...

  • Tunisair inaugurates Tunis-Bamako-Abidjan flight
    19 december 2003 07:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia(PANA) -- Tunisian State airliner, Tunisair Thursday launched a bi-weekly Tunis-Bamako-Abidjan flight linking Mali and Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • International Aero Engines lands South African Airways deal
    18 december 2003 14:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- International Aero Engines (IAE), a multinational aero engine consortium has won the bid to supply its V 2500 aero engines to South African Airway's family of single-aisle A319 and A320 aircraft. Full text...

  • Union calls strike at five airports in South Africa
    17 december 2003 14:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Just after wage negotiations seemed final between the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (SATAWU) and baggage handling company Equity Aviation (EA), the Union has called for a strike beginning Thursday at five leading airports. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius to fly Reunion-Rodrigues
    16 december 2003 09:44:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritian national carrier Air Mauritius will on 26 December launch flights between Reunion and the autonomous Rodrigues Island, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Air Tanzania resumes flights to Zimbabwe
    03 december 2003 20:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Air Tanzania Wednesday resumed flights to Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, after a two-year break. Full text...

  • Mozambican aeronautics company declares bankruptcy
    02 december 2003 17:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Aeronautics Company, IAM, dealing in the repair and maintenance of planes, has been declared bankrupt, due to lack of patronage, national news agency, AIM reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • SAA adds Cathay Pacific as voyager partner
    02 december 2003 13:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways' (SAA) Asian partner, Cathay Pacific, Tuesday joined the airline's list of voyager partners, giving travellers easier access to Cape Town. Full text...

  • Cargo plane crash-lands in Nigeria
    30 november 2003 13:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Boeing 747 cargo plane operated by Hydro Air Group of Belgium crash-landed at Nigeria's main gateway, Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, Saturday, but all the nine crew members escaped unhurt, the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe introduces more flights to S. Africa, UK
    24 november 2003 12:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Air Zimbabwe said Monday it was introducing additional flights to South Africa and Britain to cope with increased passenger demand to and from the two countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe air traffic controllers strike
    23 november 2003 14:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Air traffic controllers in Zimbabwe went on strike at the weekend demanding pay increase and other allowances. Full text...

  • Govt asks Boeing International to rescue Ghana Airways
    21 november 2003 20:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Vice President Aliu Mahama on Friday appealed to Boeing International to use its expertise and experience to help revamp the operations of Ghana's ailing national carrier, Ghana Airways. Full text...

  • Chad to set up new airline
    15 november 2003 12:32:00
    N'djamena- Tchad (PANA) -- Chad plans to set up a new air transport company, "Air Tchad" with Air France as the main partner, Chadian Public Works and Transport Minister Adoum Younousmi, has revealed in N'djamena. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to set up air charter company
    15 november 2003 09:59:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde plans to set up an air charter company under a partnership between its air company, TACV and Cabo Verde Time, of Italian Holding Turinvest, industry sources said in Praia. Full text...

  • ASECNA secures 30 million euro AFD loan
    13 november 2003 23:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in African and Madagascar (ASECNA) and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed a loan agreement here Thursday to the tune of 30 million euro (35 million US dollars). Full text...

  • SAA, Ethiopia Airlines forge new partnership
    07 november 2003 08:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) passengers travelling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will now fly Ethiopian Airlines (ET) under a new partnership between the two airlines. Full text...

  • Royal Air Morocco gets first Airbus
    05 november 2003 21:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Royal Air Maroc (RAM) Tuesday took delivery of its first Airbus A-321-200, the national airline announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Authorities fire CAMAIR board chairman, CEO
    04 november 2003 13:09:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon Airlines (CAMAIR) chief executive officer Yves-Michel Fotso was Monday fired alongside board chairman Etienne Ntsama. Full text...

  • Cameroon's national carrier crisis deepens
    03 november 2003 15:33:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The financial and managerial crisis brewing in Cameroon Airlines (CAMAIR) showed signs of further decline when the carrier cancelled all its flights at the weekend. Full text...

  • Seychelles carrier increases flights to Johannesburg, Mumbai
    01 november 2003 15:26:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Air Seychelles is to increase its flights to Johannesburg (South Africa), Male (Maldives Islands), and Mumbai (India) beginning November, official sources announced here Friday. Full text...

  • African countries challenged to improve air transport
    29 october 2003 15:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa must implement new strategies to exploit the immense potential it has in the air transport sector to boost economic growth, Kenyan Transport and Communication minister John Michuki said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Global air transport forum billed for Nairobi
    27 october 2003 10:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 200 delegates from Europe and Africa convene here Tuesday for the 13th Airport Council International Conference (AIC) to discuss air travel and tourism infrastructure on the African continent. Full text...

  • Normal flights resume at Lagos airport after fire
    24 october 2003 15:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Normal flight operations resumed at Nigeria's main Murtala Mohammed International Airport here Friday, a day after fire gutted the basement of the main terminal throwing it into darkness and disrupting flights for several hours. Full text...

  • Nigeria probes fire incident at Lagos international airport
    23 october 2003 17:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, Isa Yuguda, has set up a nine-member panel to probe Thursday's fire incident at the country's main gateway, the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, which disrupted flights and threw the airport into darkness. Full text...

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