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  • 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...

  • SA opposition criticizes security breach at Cape Town Airport
    27 august 2012 10:17:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Monday urged the Department of Transport to address the major security breach at Cape Town International Airport that led to the death of a stowaway last week. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline, Bombardier to strengthen business relationship
    24 august 2012 12:44:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian private airline, Arik Air Limited, and Bombardier Aerospace of Canada are to hold a meeting, seeking to strengthen the existing business relationship between the two organizations. Full text...

  • Nigeria's domestic airlines ''to raise fares by 30%''
    20 august 2012 11:45:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Domestic airline operators in Nigeria are to raise their fares by 30% following an increase in the cost of leasing aircraft as well as higher insurance premiums, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Minister, 31 others died in plane crash in South-west Sudan (Corrected)
    19 august 2012 17:23:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thirty two people, including a federal minister, died in a plane crash in South-west Sudan Sunday, the Presidency said. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways retrenches staff
    03 august 2012 17:47:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's national carrier, the Kenya Airways (KQ), Friday embarked on a retrenchment exercise which will affect both junior and management staff. Full text...

  • Dutch airline, KLM, resumes flight to Zimbabwe
    25 july 2012 18:24:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Dutch airline, KLM, announced Wednesday it would resume flights to Zimbabwe in October, a route it abandoned in 1999 after business nosedived. Full text...

  • Pegging age-limit of planes at 15 ''will ground 4 Nigerian airlines''
    23 july 2012 11:06:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least four Nigerian airlines will be grounded while many others will be severely affected if the federal government implements its plan to lower the age-limit of commercial aircraft allowed to operate in the country from 22 to 15 years, the local Punch newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria considers 15-year age limit for passenger aircraft
    20 july 2012 14:40:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is considering imposing a 15-year age limit on passenger planes operating in the country and the provision of low-interest loans to domestic airlines, as part of efforts to ensure the safety of air travel in Africa's most populous nation with a history of deadly Full text...

  • Ghana Air Force jet loses fuel tanks in flight but lands safely
    17 july 2012 15:03:09
    Accra , Ghana (PANA) - A Ghana Air Force (GAF) jet on Tuesday lost two fuel tanks over the capital, Accra, while on a routine training flight, but the pilot landed the plane safely at the Air Force base in the city, the Ghana Armed Forces said.Full text...

  • 2 killed in military helicopter crash in Congo
    17 july 2012 12:29:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A military helicopter crashed Monday night in Mbouambé, over 200 km north of the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, killing the two Ukrainian crew members, the police said. Full text...

  • Airline explains cause of incident involving two planes at Nigeria airport
    16 july 2012 10:29:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's largest domestic airline, Arik Air, has blamed ''incorrect apron markings'' for the weekend incident at the Jos Airport in northern Nigeria, in which one of its planes 'brushed' a packed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) C-130 transport plane, causing substantial damage to both planes Full text...

  • Commercial jetliner rams Nigerian Air Force plane in tarmac accident
    15 july 2012 10:15:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A commercial jetliner preparing to take off from the Jos Airport in northern Nigeria rammed into a packed military plane Saturday, causing substantial damage to the two planes even as no one was injured, the local media reported Sunday, quoting a statement from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). Full text...

  • Nigeria to host international conference on aviation safety
    13 july 2012 09:51:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria will host an international conference on aviation safety in Africa 16-20 July in the capital city of Abuja, according to a statement from the office of Aviation Minister Stella Oduah. Full text...

  • Nigeria plane crash 'caused by dual engine failire'
    13 july 2012 09:38:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 3 June crash of a Nigerian airliner that killed 159 people was due to ''a total loss of power in both engines while on approach to Muhammed Murtala Airport (LOS), Lagos,'' according to the preliminary report of the accident, released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Full text...

  • Air CEMAC picks Air France as new strategic partner
    10 july 2012 13:11:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Economic and Monetary Community of African States (CEMAC) has chosen Air France as the new strategic partner for the regional grouping’s airline, Air CEMAC, according to a statement from the Congolese Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Full text...

  • Regulators enforce passenger identification at Nigeria's airports
    09 july 2012 09:29:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulation requiring proper identification of passengers prior to flight boarding at Nigeria's airports is to be strictly enforced, following a directive to that effect by the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Report: “Unstable approach” caused Allied Air cargo plane crash
    06 july 2012 10:52:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A preliminary report on the crash of Nigerian-registered Allied Air cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, on 2 June suggests that “unstable approach” led to the plane overshooting the runway. Full text...

  • Nigeria regulator warns pilots, airline operators on weather hazard
    05 july 2012 10:15:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued an advisory circular to pilots and airline operators in the country over the dangers posed by adverse weather in the nation's airspace, occasioned by the current rainy season. Full text...

  • ICAO, IATA to assist Nigeria in ensuring aviation safety
    02 july 2012 11:42:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In the wake of the 3 June plane crash that killed 159 people in Nigeria, two global aviation bodies have pledged to assist the country in its efforts to ensure the safety of air travel. Full text...

  • Emirates introduces daily flights to Harare, Lusaka
    27 june 2012 09:14:28
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Emirates airlines said Wednesday it would introduce daily flights to Zimbabwe and Zambia in October in response to rising demand on the route. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria defends safety record
    26 june 2012 11:41:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's second largest private carrier Air Nigeria has defended its safety record, after the airline was slammed with the second suspension in as many weeks over safety concerns by the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Troubled Nigerian airline says London route not affected by latest suspension
    22 june 2012 11:55:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The privately-owned flag carrier Air Nigeria said on Friday the latest suspension of its operations by the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) does not affect its flights on the Lagos-London route. Full text...

  • EU offers technical support for South Sudan air transport
    21 june 2012 21:37:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is to send a technical mission to South Sudan to work on tightening security at the airport of Juba, the country’s capital. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria’s flight operations suspended again by NCAA
    21 june 2012 20:00:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - For the second time in as many weeks, the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Thursday suspended the operations of the country's second largest airline, Air Nigeria, the airline announced. Full text...

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