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  • 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...

  • Air Zimbabwe gets three-month ultimatum to improve air safety
    21 june 2012 18:26:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Troubled Air Zimbabwe has been given 90 days to comply with international air safety standards or risk losing its membership of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the organisation said on Thursday.Full text...

  • Air Nigeria sued for alleged tax fraud, non-payment
    21 june 2012 12:18:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has filed charges of tax evasion and fraud against the country's second largest indigenous carrier Air Nigeria, in the latest crisis to hit the airline. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria condemns 'invasion' of offices over back taxes
    19 june 2012 10:31:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The privately-owned 'Air Nigeria' airline Tuesday condemned what it called the invasion of its offices by armed police on the orders of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), over past taxes allegedly owed by the airline. Full text...

  • Air Nigeria 'first African carrier to offer iPAD 3' for in-flight entertainment
    19 june 2012 09:02:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's private sector flag carrier Air Nigeria will become the first African airline to offer iPAD 3 for passengers' in-flight entertainment, after signing a deal with IFE Services, the entertainment company announced in a statement. Full text...

  • Contaminated fuel fingered in Nigeria plane crash
    18 june 2012 11:31:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Contaminated aviation fuel is one of the possibilities being looked into in the crash of Nigerian DANA Air's McDonnell Douglas 83 plane that left a total of 159 people dead on 3 June on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, a top aviation source told PANA here. Full text...

  • Air France, SN Air Mali sign agreement to share codes
    14 june 2012 22:10:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Air France and Mali's national carrier, SN Air Mali, have signed an agreement to share codes between Paris and Bamako. Full text...

  • 'Air Nigeria' cleared to fly after safety checks
    14 june 2012 09:12:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The privately-owned airline 'Air Nigeria', which was grounded for safety checks by the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday, has been cleared to fly again, NCAA spokesman Sam Adurogboye said Thursday. Full text...

  • Regulators ground Air Nigeria for audit
    13 june 2012 09:41:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The entire fleet of Air Nigeria, one of the country's thriving indigenous airlines, has been grounded to allow the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to audit the Nigeria flag carrier, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bombardier Aerospace to build plant in Morocco
    12 june 2012 21:00:56
    Rabat Morocco, (PANA) - Canadian aircraft manufacturing company, Bombardier Aerospace, has applied to the Moroccan authorities to build a plant in the free zone enclave in Casablanca. Full text...

  • Kenya appoints probe team after chopper crash
    11 june 2012 19:20:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Transport Ministry said Monday a panel has been set up to investigate the death of Interior Minister George Saitoti, his deputy Orwa Ojode, and four Police officers in a helicopter crash near the capital, Nairobi, on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline operators slam govt for suspending crash airline's license
    07 june 2012 08:07:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) has slammed the federal government for suspending the operations of one of its members, DANA Air, following Sunday's crash of its MD-83 plane that killed all 153 on board and six others on the ground. Full text...

  • Recovery process ends at Nigeria plane crash site
    06 june 2012 11:10:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Rescue workers have ended the recovery process at the scene of Sunday's crash of a Nigerian passenger plane at Iju, on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, after recovering 153 bodies and several human body parts at the end of work Tuesday. Full text...

  • Flights resume at Tripoli airport
    05 june 2012 21:18:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Flights resumed on Tuesday evening at Tripoli airport after govermment forces regained control from an armed group that attacked it and suspended operations on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria suspends airline's operating license after crash
    05 june 2012 16:22:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's aviation authorities have suspended the operating license of Dana Airlines, following Sunday's crash of one of its planes that left all 153 people on board dead and killed six more on the ground, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria plane crash killed 6 on the ground - official
    05 june 2012 12:54:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Six people died in the main building into which the Nigerian passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos on Sunday, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Services (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Osanyintolu, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rescue work resumes at Nigeria plane crash site for 3rd day running
    05 june 2012 10:17:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The grim work of recovering the bodies of those who died in Sunday's plane crash in Nigeria continued Tuesday, as rescue workers converged on the scene at Iju, on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, for the third day running. Full text...

  • Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority official, operators of accident plane arrive in Ghana
    04 june 2012 21:59:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it is willing to help with investigations into the crash of a Nigerian cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Saturday night. Full text...

  • 139 bodies recovered from Nigerian plane crash site
    04 june 2012 20:05:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 139 bodies have been recovered from the site of the crashed Nigerian passenger plane on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos as at Monday, the second day of rescue operations at the site, according to the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Dr. Alexandra Bankole Full text...

  • 'Black Box' of crashed Nigerian plane found
    04 june 2012 15:08:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 'Black Box' of the Nigerian passenger jet that crashed on Sunday on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, killing over 150 people, has been found, rescue officials said Monday. Full text...

  • 'Crashed DANA Airlines plane not fit to fly'
    04 june 2012 14:47:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A staff of Nigeria's local DANA Airlines has said the airlines' MD 83 plane that crashed on the outskirts of Lagos on Sunday, killing over 150 people, was pressed into operation by the airlines' management even though it was not in good shape. Full text...

  • Nigerian group seeks probe of alleged corruption in transport sector following plane crash
    04 june 2012 14:06:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian civil society group Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a petition to the anti-graft Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) urging it to probe alleged corruption in the country's transport sector, following Sunday's plane crash that killed over 150 people. Full text...

  • Crashed plane manifest shows 146 passengers on board
    04 june 2012 09:02:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The official manifest of the McDonnel Douglas MD-83 plane that crashed in Nigeria on Sunday has shown that there were 146 passengers on board, seven less than the number given by aviation officials. Full text...

  • Aviation Minister says no survivor in Nigeria plane crash (2nd update)
    03 june 2012 22:19:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Aviation Minister Stella Oduah has said there are no survivors so far from the passenger plane that crashed on the outskirts of the country's commercial city of Lagos on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria declares 3 days of national mourning for plane crash victims
    03 june 2012 20:14:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the DANA Air plane that crashed Sunday on the outskirts of Lagos, the nation's economic capital city. Full text...

  • 153 feared dead in Nigeria plane crash (1st update)
    03 june 2012 17:22:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - All the 153 passengers and crew aboard a passenger jet operated by Nigeria's local DANA Air are feared to have died when the plane crashed into residential buildings at Iju, on the outskirts of the economic capital city of Lagos, on Sunday, the local African Independent Television (AIT) reported. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Passenger plane feared to have crashed in Lagos
    03 june 2012 17:01:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A passenger plane operated by local airline DANA Air, on a scheduled flight from Nigeria's capital city of Abuja to the economic capital city of Lagos, is feared to have crashed in Iju, on the outskirts of Lagos, on Sunday, aviation sources and eyewitnesses said. Full text...

  • 'No decision yet on Malawi controversial presidential jet'
    03 june 2012 15:38:04
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Finance Minister Ken Lipenga, has said no decision has been made yet on what to do with Malawi's controversial presidential jet. Full text...

  • Ghana inaugurates committee to investigate cargo plane accident in Accra
    03 june 2012 15:23:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Transport minister, Alhaji Collins Dauda, on Sunday inaugurated a five-member Committee to look into circumstances leading to an accident involving a Boeing 727-200 cargo plane on Saturday night.Full text...

  • Investigations to begin on Nigerian cargo plane accident in Ghana
    03 june 2012 08:22:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Investigations are expected to commence immediately on the cause of Saturday night's accident involving a Nigerian Cargo plane at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra that led to the death of 10 people in a bus. Full text...

  • Turkish Airline begins Rwanda flights
    16 may 2012 22:47:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Turkish airline on Wednesday inaugurated its flights to Rwanda with a Boeing 747-800 from Istanbul. Full text...

  • ASECNA, ICAO sign technical assistance pact
    16 may 2012 11:47:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have signed a technical assistance agreement under which the agency will acquire material for air traffic management at the cost of FCFA 25 billion (US$50 million). Full text...

  • Rwanda's national carrier to operate direct flights to Johannesburg
    11 may 2012 19:25:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The national carrier Rwandair Express announced Friday the launch of direct flights to Johannesburg starting 10 June. Full text...

  • Nigerian aviation officials dismiss bomb scare at main airport
    09 may 2012 09:50:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The bomb scare at Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday night was a hoax, the country's aviation authorities have said. Full text...

  • Eritrean national carrier launches Cape Town route
    08 may 2012 11:36:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - National carrier Eritrean Airlines has launched its Cape Town route, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria delays sanctioning foreign airlines over alleged fare imbalance
    26 april 2012 11:46:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's aviation authorities have said they will not implement their decision to ban foreign airlines operating in Nigeria, but has yet to stop alleged disparity in air fares, until the outcome of the probe by the Senate. Full text...

  • 'Air Nigeria' to resume London flights soon
    16 april 2012 08:53:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Air Nigeria, a privately-owned Nigerian flag carrier, is due to resume its flights on the lucrative Lagos-London route soon, according to spokesman Sam Ogbogoro. Full text...

  • ASECNA signs air safety agreement with South Sudan
    12 april 2012 20:31:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Agency for Air Traffic Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and the government of South Sudan on Wednesday signed a partnership and assistance agreement in Juba, the South Sudan capital, in the field of air safety. Full text...

  • Domestic air fares may go up in Nigeria over rising fuel costs
    12 april 2012 15:36:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Domestic airlines in Nigeria may hike their fares following an increase in the price of aviation fuel, called JET A1. Full text...

  • 'We will protect Nigerians against exploitation by foreign airlines'
    12 april 2012 12:39:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the 30-day ultimatum issued to foreign airlines plying the Nigerian route to end their fare disparity or risk a ban approaches, Nigerian aviation officials have ratcheted up their rhetoric, saying they are ready to fight to the end to stop fare disparity. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches process to migrate to satellite-based air navigation system
    10 april 2012 10:31:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two foreign airlines at the weekend successfully participated in Nigeria's test-run of a new approach, in its attempt to migrate from terrestrial air navigation to a satellite-based navigation system, known as Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria repeats 30-day warning to foreign airlines over fare disparity
    09 april 2012 16:06:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has repeated its 30-day ultimatum to foreign airlines flying the Nigerian route to end their fare disparity or face a ban. Full text...

  • Air Tanzania plane crashes on domestic flight
    09 april 2012 12:16:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An Air Tanzania plane crashed early Monday while taking off from a domestic airport in Kigoma, in the Western port town on Lake Tanganyika, but there was no fatality, according to official reports. Full text...

  • Morocco to be platform for aircraft industry sub-contracting in Africa
    05 april 2012 20:59:30
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The head of the Moroccan government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has expressed his country’s willingness and determination to be a platform for aircraft industry sub-contracting on a continental scale. Full text...

  • MPs back Nigerian govt ultimatum to foreign airlines on discriminatory fares
    03 april 2012 09:16:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian parliamentarians have expressed their support for the government's ultimatum to foreign airlines to end the discriminatory fares they charge on the Nigerian route or quit. Full text...

  • US grants Ghana US$322,560 for Air Traffic Control centre design
    31 march 2012 11:13:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has granted US$322,560 to the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to help create design documents for the construction of the Air Traffic Control Centre at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra. Full text...

  • Angola's national carrier, Boeing sign US$600m aircraft deal
    29 march 2012 11:23:02
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola's national carrier TAAG and US aerospace and defence corporation Boeing have signed a US$600 million agreement for the purchase of three brand new aircraft. Full text...

  • Korongo Airlines to begin flights on 18 April
    28 march 2012 22:02:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – DR Congo's private airline, Korongo Airlines, financed by Brussels Airlines and the Belgian industrial group Forrest International (GFI), will take off on 16 April with domestic flights, a statement from the airline made available to the press on Wednesday said in Brussels. Full text...

  • Britain vows retaliation if Nigeria bans airlines
    27 march 2012 08:35:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The British Government has vowed to retaliate in kind if Nigeria makes good its threat to ban British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic (VA), among others, over discriminatory fares which Nigerians are being made to pay. Full text...

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