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  • Air France steps up weekly fights to Antananarivo
    28 june 2003 16:31:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- French carrier Air France has announced four weekly flights between Antananarivo and Paris starting this Sunday. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius posts 20 percent profits
    27 june 2003 22:48:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian carrier Air Mauritius Friday said it had made a profit of 21. Full text...

  • Air France resumes flights to Algeria
    27 june 2003 18:58:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- French national carrier Air France will resume flights to Algeria on Saturday, eight years after it stopped flying to the former colony following a hostage-taking incident in Algiers. Full text...

  • British Airways gets two extra frequencies to South Africa
    26 june 2003 19:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African negotiators on Thursday granted two British airlines two additional frequencies to South Africa for 2003/2004 and an additional two for the following year. Full text...

  • Gabon steps up checks on domestic airlines
    22 june 2003 17:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The authorities in Gabon have withdrawn the licences of five domestic airline companies, in a move to step up safety controls. Full text...

  • Gabon streamlines local air transport
    20 june 2003 20:31:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- In a move to streamline the local air sector by ensuring international air security standards, Gabonese authorities have refused five local companies permits and air transport certificates. Full text...

  • Botswana Vice President due in Paris
    19 june 2003 09:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The vice president of Botswana, Lt- General Seretse Khama Ian Khama is expected here Thursday for a private visit, during which he will attend the Paris Air Show. Full text...

  • Search continues for two missing South African pilots
    18 june 2003 08:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The search is continuing for South African pilots Jaco du Plessis and Lourens Louw who went missing on 12 June after departing from Dar es Salaam en-route to Zambia, the department of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Jerba, Sicily get direct air link
    03 june 2003 13:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- An inaugural flight was organised on Monday launching a regular direct connection between Tunisia's Jerba-Zarzis international airport and Sicily's Palermo airport. Full text...

  • World Airways flies first US-Nigeria direct in a decade
    29 may 2003 15:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- World Airways Thursday became the first American airline to make a direct flight from the US to Nigeria in 10 years, following the ban on such flights by the US government in 1993. Full text...

  • All-female British Airways crew lands in Zambia
    22 may 2003 10:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A six-member all-female crew successfully flew passengers from Europe to Southern Africa on a scheduled British Airways inter-continental flight, company sources affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana to host panel centre on airworthiness
    21 may 2003 16:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has been selected as headquarters of the Airworthiness Panel Centre that will coordinate the promotion and implementation of aviation safety oversight across Africa. Full text...

  • US, Nigeria sign airport screening equipment agreement
    16 may 2003 11:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and the US have formally signed an agreement transferring 1. Full text...

  • South Africa's first jumbo jet retires from service
    05 may 2003 12:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 747-200, Lebombo, performed a flypast at the Rand Airport Air Show on Sunday prior to being turned over to the South African Airways Museum Society. Full text...

  • Critics slam the bid for a national carrier in Zambia
    29 april 2003 22:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian Consumers Association (ZACA) has objected to plans by the government to set up a national airline, insisting there were more pressing priorities to which State resources could be directed. Full text...

  • Rwandan carrier makes first international flight
    28 april 2003 22:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- New Rwandan air transport company Rwandair Express made its maiden international flight to Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday afternoon, official sources confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisair cuts loss after sales, cost measures
    28 april 2003 21:47:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Net loss at Tunisair declined 50 percent in 2002, compared to losses suffered the previous year, in the first downturn the national carrier was experiencing in four decades. Full text...

  • Air Algeria places orders at Airbus
    27 april 2003 17:10:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- National carrier Air Algeria plans to replenish its air fleet with an order for 13 new aircraft reportedly from European manufacturer Airbus, local press accounts indicated Sunday, citing European financial sources. Full text...

  • Air Seychelles extends flight ban to Singapore
    25 april 2003 21:48:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Air Seychelles has extended the suspension of flights to Singapore to 5 August 2003, citing the growing incidence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Southeast Asia, an airline statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • SAA wins best Africa Airline award
    23 april 2003 13:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has been voted "Best Airline Based in Africa" at the Official Airline Guide (OAG) award ceremony held in London. Full text...

  • Zambia moves to resuscitate national carrier
    16 april 2003 19:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government Wednesday began a two-day consultative workshop on how to set up a new national airline, ten years after the demise of the former national carrier, Zambia Airways. Full text...

  • South Africa re-enters ICAO after 40 years of isolation
    10 april 2003 08:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has been re- admitted to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), after more than 40 years of isolation. Full text...

  • Mozambican airline cuts domestic flights, increases airfare
    09 april 2003 17:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique Airlines (LAM) has announced that it would increase the price of its air tickets and reduce the number of domestic flights with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Govt withdraws Air Mali SA license
    07 april 2003 22:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian national civil aeronautics department has withdrawn the accreditation of Air Mali SA, grounding the airline company's aircraft, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Birds threaten Nigerian airspace
    03 april 2003 12:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Local airline operators have protested to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over increasing incidents of bird strikes around airports in the country, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • War on Iraq affects Air Mauritius, Air Austral
    03 april 2003 09:46:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The national airlines of Reunion and Mauritius have raised their fares by 3 percent due to serious repercussions of the war in Iraq. Full text...

  • Travelers trapped in Central African Republic
    02 april 2003 13:25:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A number of travelers have been stranded in the Central African Republic (CAR) for lack of flights out of Bangui, the capital. Full text...

  • South Africa elected to world aviation governing body
    01 april 2003 09:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa was elected Tuesday into the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), marking a historic return to the 36-member governing body of the organisation after apartheid-run South Africa was ousted from the Council in the 1960s. Full text...

  • UEMOA carriers discuss harmonisation of air tariffs
    28 march 2003 12:10:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The permanent council of air carriers (CPTA) within the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) is meeting here to harmonise tariffs and adopt an action plan. Full text...

  • South African Airways cancels part of its New York flights
    27 march 2003 12:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled 16 out of 60 flights to and from New York in April because of low demand possibly linked to the war in Iraq, the airline disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia to host African aircraft maintenance conference
    07 march 2003 18:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopia Airlines will 9-11 March host the 12th annual Conference on Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MOR) in Africa organised by the African Aviation Magazine. Full text...

  • Death toll from Algerian plane crash revised downward
    07 march 2003 17:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian civil aviation authorities have stated that 101 people were killed when an Air Algerie Boeing 737-200 passenger plane crashed Thursday during take-off at Tamanrasset airport, 2,000 km south of Algiers. Full text...

  • Poor visibility forces flight cancellations in Cape Verde
    03 march 2003 22:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Poor visibility following a dust haze from the Sahara forced Cape Verde airline TACV to cancel flights at the weekend within the archipelago, company sources indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Air passenger traffic down 17.5 percent in Tunisia
    19 february 2003 21:03:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Air passenger traffic in Tunisia declined 17. Full text...

  • Ghana to build two new airports
    19 february 2003 20:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana is to develop two new international airports, Roads and Transport Minister Richard Anane said in Accra Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cyclone forces cancellation of South African flights to Mauritius
    13 february 2003 07:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) Thursday announced it had cancelled flights to and from Mauritius due to a cyclone approaching the island. Full text...

  • ADB president appraises project at Addis Ababa Airport
    22 january 2003 19:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The President of the African Development Bank (ADB) commended the advanced technology of the newly constructed passenger terminal and runway expansion project at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation ministry disowns US airline deal
    21 january 2003 11:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Ministry of Aviation has dissociated itself from the proposed scheduled flights to the country by US airlines World Airways, saying it had not given any approval for the company to operate in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets new cargo airline
    16 january 2003 18:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A new cargo airline was inaugurated in Zimbabwe Thursday, which company officials said would service mainly regional and international routes. Full text...

  • Approach lights stolen from Cape Town International Airport
    15 january 2003 12:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Approach lights have been stolen from Cape Town International Airport, with airport manager Monwabisi Kalawe suspecting they might have been exported by a syndicate for sale to foreign airports. Full text...

  • Namibia denies two South African airlines landing rights
    13 january 2003 17:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Namibian government has barred two South African airlines from using the Eros airport in Windhoek, in a move pundits see as aimed at shielding the ailing national carrier, Air Namibia from competition. Full text...

  • South Africa releases impounded Swissair plane
    07 january 2003 17:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has decided to release a Swissair aircraft impounded at the Johannesburg International airport because the owners had failed to pay service fees, airport officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African Airways begins flying to Dakar
    07 january 2003 13:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) launched its inaugural flight from Johannesburg to Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US airlines announces flights to Nigeria
    07 january 2003 11:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- US Airlines World Airways Incorporated has announced that it will commence non-stop passenger flights to Nigeria under a 22 million-dollar agreement signed with the Atlanta-based Ritetime Aviation and Travel Services. Full text...

  • British Rolls Royce secures $200 million deal with SAA
    06 january 2003 18:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- British firm Rolls-Royce announced on Monday that it had secured a 200 million-US-dollar aircraft servicing agreement with the South African Airways (SAA). Full text...

  • Nigerian private airline resumes operation after crash
    03 january 2003 13:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's private domestic airlines, EAS, resumed operations Thursday, eight months after the crash of its BAC 1-11 plane in the northern city of Kano that killed dozens of passengers and forced the federal government to ban the aircraft type. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways acquires new Boeing aircraft
    03 january 2003 10:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways has acquired a third Boeing 737-700 type plane, with 116-passenger capacity. Full text...

  • Libyan Airways schedules flights to El Fashir, Sudan
    31 december 2002 12:34:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Libyan Airways has scheduled flights from the southern city of el Kufra to Sudan's western city of el Fashir beginning 15 January, Khartoum sources confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Reunion air passenger traffic doubles in ten years
    27 december 2002 20:15:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Passenger traffic has in the last ten years doubled at Reunion's two international airports of Saint Denis and Saint Pierre, with a study showing the figures up from 816,000 passengers in 1990 to more than 1. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe offers incentives to African airlines
    19 december 2002 09:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean aviation authorities have offered tax and other incentives to African airlines to lure them to fly into the country to boost tourism. Full text...

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