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  • 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...

  • Nigerian govt issues ultimatum to foreign airlines on fares (correcting fine imposed on BA, VA)
    26 march 2012 09:21:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has given all foreign airlines operating in the country a 30-day ultimatum to end the discriminatory practice that sees Nigerian passengers paying higher fares than other passengers in West Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania moves to revamp aviation industry
    21 march 2012 14:39:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian and foreign aviation experts on Wednesday began a two-day meeting here aimed at recommending measures that will enable this East African country to revamp its aviation industry. Full text...

  • Power surge shuts down operations at major airport in Nigeria
    14 march 2012 09:24:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - All in-bound flights were diverted to other airports while flights scheduled to take off were cancelled on Tuesday night after a power surge damaged the Air Field Lighting (AFL), including taxi and runway lights, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cape Town Airport best in Africa
    09 march 2012 12:31:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Cape Town International Airport has been awarded the Best Airport in Africa by the Airports Council International (ACI) in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) global awards. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline Arik Air resumes flights to SA
    04 march 2012 09:34:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's wholly-owned largest airline Arik Air has resumed flights to South Africa, a day after it announced the suspension of its flights along the lucrative Lagos-Johannesburg route over a Yellow Fever vaccination documentation row. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline suspends flights to SA over yellow fever vaccination row
    03 march 2012 11:21:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's largest airline, Arik Air, has suspended its flights to South Africa, after 50 of its passengers were deported back to Nigeria on Friday for alleged failure to provide genuine yellow fever vaccination documentation. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius posts 20.9-million-euro loss
    14 february 2012 18:01:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian airlines, Air Mauritius, on Tuesday announced losses of up to 20.9 million euros for the first nine months of the current financial year, as against profits amounting to 5.3 million euros for the first nine months of the preceding year. Full text...

  • Nigerian panel sets aside US$235m fine against British Airways, Virgin Atlantic
    10 february 2012 09:43:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A judicial appeal panel has set aside the US$235 million fines slammed on two British Airlines for allegedly colluding to fix prices and engage in other unethical practices. Full text...

  • Minister orders probe of airport blackout in Nigeria
    10 february 2012 08:58:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Power Barth Nnaji has ordered an investigation into the blackout which occurred at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital city of Abuja on Thursday morning. Full text...

  • Kibaki opens Kenya's third international airport
    02 february 2012 20:36:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday officially opened the expanded Kisumu International Airport and reassured Kenyans of the government developing various modes of transport to spur economic activities in the country. Full text...

  • Emirates airline opens office in Nouakchott
    31 january 2012 22:36:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Emirates airline on Tuesday opened an office in Nouakchott, Mauritania, to contribute to promote and develop business and tourism within the framework of the strong ancient ties between Mauritania and the United Arab Emirates, the airline's regional director, Ernest Dikoum said. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulator threatens to ground distressed airlines
    31 january 2012 08:29:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is currently carrying out a financial audit of two of the country's domestic airlines and may ground them if necessary. Full text...

  • Boko Haram: Experts want security tightened at Nigeria airports
    24 january 2012 15:31:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian aviation experts Tuesday called for tighter security at the nation's airports to forestall possible attacks by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, which has killed 935 people in attacks across northern Nigeria in the past two and a half years. Full text...

  • AviAssist Foundation seeks nominations for African Aviator Award
    21 january 2012 17:41:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The London-based AviAssist Foundation has called for nominations for the African Aviator Award, a statement said on Saturday. Full text...

  • South African Airways launches direct flight to Burundi
    18 january 2012 21:04:56
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The South African Airways (SAA) Tuesday launched a direct flight between Johannesburg and Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, the deputy-director of the Burundi’s aeronautic services, Emmanuel Habimana, told journalists here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • African airlines agree to US$ 1.5 billion jet fuel deal
    13 january 2012 19:18:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nine of Africa’s biggest airlines have launched a joint fuel project, steered by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), to cut the high cost of jet fuel by earning the benefits of bulk fuel procurement, the airlines body said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulators allay fears over alleged kerosene-for-aviation fuel saga
    23 december 2011 08:33:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has allayed fears over the alleged conversion of domestic kerosene into aviation fuel by some unscrupulous oil marketers.. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulators investigate alleged adulteration of aviation fuel
    22 december 2011 10:10:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has initiated a probe into the published allegation that some oil marketers in the country were selling Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) to airlines in Nigeria as aviation fuel. Full text...

  • Ghana Air Force takes delivery of Airbus
    16 december 2011 20:32:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghana Air Force has taken delivery of an Airbus aircraft to augment its fleet, the Ghana Armed Forces announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe suspends flights to SA
    16 december 2011 10:40:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's troubled national carrier announced on Friday it was suspending flights to South Africa over fears its planes may be seized by creditors. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulator issues safety warning to pilots amid severe harmattan
    15 december 2011 16:35:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As most parts of Nigeria is blanketed by harmattan haze, the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Thursday warned all pilots and airline operators in the country to adhere strictly to approved weather minima during the period. Full text...

  • Tunisair resumes Tripoli flights Tuesday
    13 december 2011 09:59:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian airline, Tunisair, resumes its flight to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, Tuesday, Tunisair's communication officer of Tunisair, Ms. Soualafa Mokaddem, has indicated. Full text...

  • Creditor impounds Air Zimbabwe plane
    12 december 2011 15:54:19
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A US company on Monday impounded an Air Zimbabwe aircraft in London over a US$ 2.2 million debt, officials said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe woman makes Botswana aviation history
    07 december 2011 14:24:41
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A Zimbabwean woman has made aviation history in Botswana, becoming the first female to be appointed general manager of state-owned Air Botswana, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans new national carrier
    07 december 2011 09:42:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has announced plans to establish a new national airline in 2012, which will be nine years after former national carrier Nigeria Airways was liquidated. Full text...

  • Price fixing: Nigeria's regulatory body sets up appeal body
    05 december 2011 10:49:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has set up an Administrative Appeal Panel to look into its report, which found that British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) colluded to increase Passenger Fuel Surcharge subjectively on the Nigeria-UK route. Full text...

  • Libya's Afriqiyah Airways to resume international flights soon
    01 december 2011 17:22:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan airline, Afriqiyah Airways, announced here Wednesday it would soon resume flights to Cairo, Tunis, Istanbul, Dubai and Khartoum. Full text...

  • Nigeria flag carrier, Arik Air, to resume Abuja-London flight
    29 november 2011 20:15:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria flag carrier Arik Air is set to resume its daily flights from Full text...

  • Angolan oil company renovates Sao Tome
    26 november 2011 13:35:57
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) – The Prime minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Patrice Trovoada, on Friday laid the foundation stone for work on renovation of the international airport of the capital, Sao Tome.Full text...

  • Air Mali Managing Director Berthé elected AFRAA President
    23 november 2011 22:06:04
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Managing Director of Air Mali, Abderrahmane Berthé, has been elected president of the African Association of Airlines (AFRAA). Full text...

  • Price-fixing: Nigeria aviation regulator slams British Airways
    22 november 2011 10:47:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The spat between the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the British Airways (BA), over alleged price-fixing by the airline and Virgin Atlantic, worsened Tuesday when the NCAA slammed the airline (BA) for undermining its authority. Full text...

  • Angolan airline to add two new aircraft in European flights
    21 november 2011 22:22:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The air safety commission of the European Union (EU) on Monday decided to authorize the Angolan airline, TAAG, to add two new aircraft for Eoropean flights. Full text...

  • Gbeho calls for viable airline industry in ECOWAS region
    18 november 2011 19:44:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President of the ECOWAS Commission, James Victor Gbeho, has called on the authorities and other stakeholders in the region to create the enabling environment for a viable airline industry towards the realization of the integration dream of ECOWAS founding fathers, according to a press release from the community Friday. Full text...

  • US airlines, United, makes inaugural flight to Lagos
    18 november 2011 13:42:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - US airlines United made its inaugural flight from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria, on Thursday, joining Delta Airlines on the US-Nigeria route. Full text...

  • Alleged price fixing: Nigeria to file class action suit against BA, Virgin
    18 november 2011 09:12:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government is to file a class action suit against British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), after both indicated unwillingness to pay a fine of US$235 imposed on them by the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for alleged price-fixing on the Nigeria-UK route Full text...

  • Royal Air Maroc to resume flights to Libya on 21 November
    17 november 2011 12:59:25
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Moroccan airline, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), on Thursday said it would, from 21 November, resume its flights to Libya from Casablanca, following the reopening of the Tripoli international airport. Full text...

  • Nigeria secures additional flights to London for Arik Air
    16 november 2011 14:43:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Arik Air will be allowed to fly from the capital city of Abuja to London Heathrow, following discussions between officials of Nigerian and British aviation authorities in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition hails slashing of British Airways' flights
    15 november 2011 13:22:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Tuesday expressed support for the slashing of British Airways' flights to the African nation, in retaliation for a similar action meted out to a Nigerian flag carrier, Arik Air. Full text...

  • Workers ground Air Nigeria's flight operations
    14 november 2011 17:31:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Several passengers booked on Air Nigeria flights were Monday stranded following a protest by the airline’s engineers over what they called the interference of management in their duty. Full text...

  • Nigeria remains resolute over slash in BA's flights
    14 november 2011 11:37:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Tuesday's expiration of the deadline given to the British Airways to slash its Lagos-London flights from seven to three times weekly, Nigerian aviation authorities have continued to talk tough, insisting the British government was wrong in disrespecting the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between the two countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria, UK face off over airlines' frequencies
    04 november 2011 13:38:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and the United Kingdom are flexing their muscles over weekly flight frequencies between their two airlines, Arik Air and British Airways respectively. Full text...

  • Senegal, Guinea resume commercial flights
    02 november 2011 17:37:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Commercial flights between Senegal and Guinea resumed Wednesday, according to a communiqué issued in Dakar by the Senegal Airlines. Full text...

  • "Tit for Tat" as Dakar bars Guinea planes from using Senegalese airspace
    02 november 2011 12:24:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In retaliation for grounding a Senegalese plane in Conakry, aviation authorities in Dakar have banned planes coming from Guinea from using Senegalese airspace, according to a communique issued by Senegalese government spokesperson, Moustapha Guirassy. Full text...

  • Nigerian private carrier ferries 8 million passengers in 5 years – MD
    31 october 2011 15:51:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian private airline, Arik Air, on Monday said it had carried eight million local and international passengers in its 44 routes in the last five years when it commenced operations. Full text...

  • Nigerian airports get N19b palliative
    28 october 2011 18:59:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. George Uriesi, said here Friday the 19 billion naira (about US$ 124 million) made available to the parastatal by the government was to carry out some palliative measures within the nation’s 22 airports. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers propose measures to make West African airlines viable
    28 october 2011 11:29:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Transport ministers in West Africa have made wide-ranging proposals for the improvement of the operating environment for airlines in the region, a statement from the ECOWAS Commission said here Friday. Full text...

  • West African experts meet to improve regional aviation sector
    22 october 2011 11:01:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African experts are meeting in Accra, Ghana, on the development of a viable airline industry for the region. Full text...

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