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  • BREAKING NEWS: Aircraft crash-lands in northern Nigeria
    24 may 2011 13:59:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An aircraft operated by an oil company crash-landed in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna Tuesday, according to the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yusahu Shuaib. Full text...

  • Mali to expand Bamako-Senou int'l airport runway
    23 may 2011 14:00:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The runway at the Bamako-Senou international airport will be lengthened by 500 metres, according to an agreement signed by the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Mali), Ms. Nene Traoré, and the representative of the Razel-SOGEA-SATOM company, Jacques Tijoli.Full text...

  • 'Nigerian airlines lose 7b naira to aviation fuel scarcity'
    23 may 2011 11:11:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian airlines have lost 7.2 billion naira to the scarcity of aviation fuel, known as Jet-A1, in the past two weeks, the local Businessday newspaper reported Monday (US$1=150 naira). Full text...

  • Rwandair operates maiden commercial flight to Gabon
    18 may 2011 11:25:44
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Rwanda Airline Rwandair operated its maiden commercial flight between Kigali and Libreville (Gabon) via Brazzaville (Congo) Wednesday, with Boeing 737-500, according to its Chief Executive Officer, John Mirenge. Full text...

  • 'Wealthy Nigerians acquire US$225m private jets in one year'
    16 may 2011 09:32:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Wealthy Nigerians acquired at least six private jets worth a total of US$225 million between March 2010 and March 2011, bringing the total number of such jets in the country to around 70, according to a local newspaper investigation published Monday. Full text...

  • Boeing to deliver new 777-300ER aircraft to Angola
    13 may 2011 14:58:24
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, will deliver a new 777-300ER airplane to Full text...

  • Pilots sanctioned for flying plane with one engine in Nigeria
    13 may 2011 10:34:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the licences of the two pilots of Nigerian airline Arik Air, who flew the airline's Boeing 737-700 aircraft with one engine over a one-hour trip after the plane suffered a bird strike Sunday. Full text...

  • France, Congo sign agreement on aviation safety
    12 may 2011 15:09:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese senior minister for Transports, Civil Aviation and Merchant Navy, Isidore Mvouba, and the French ambassador to Congo, Jean-François Valette, on Thursday in Brazzaville, signed an agreement to provide assistance for safety in the aviation industry in Africa (ASACA). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe suspends controversial air travel levy
    09 may 2011 11:11:28
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Aviation authorities in Zimbabwe Monday suspended a controversial levy on air travellers, introduced at the beginning of the month and meant to develop the country's airports and related infrastructure. Full text...

  • SA airline, Comair, plans direct flight to London
    09 may 2011 09:48:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African airline Comair has reached an agreement with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government's main economic development project, the Dube Trade Port, for a direct flight to London's Gatwick Airport and a number of destinations around Africa from Durban's new King Shaka Airport. Full text...

  • 'Second international airport in Lagos ready next year'
    06 may 2011 13:09:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Lekki International Airport, the second international airport to be built in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, will commence operation in the second quarter of 2012, according to the Lagos state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Adeniyi Oyemade.Full text...

  • Nigeria approves air services agreement with Cameroon
    04 may 2011 19:04:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with Cameroon, directing the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, to prepare the instrument of ratification and forward it to the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Senegal Airlines to begin flights to Abidjan on Monday
    03 may 2011 21:24:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal Airlines will on Monday begin operating flights to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, according to a company statement received by PANA in Dakar on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Senegal Airlines opens office in Bamako
    03 may 2011 17:36:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Senegal Airlines at the weekend opened an office in Bamako, the Malian capital, at a ceremony presided over by the Malian Minister of Transport, Hamed Diane Semega, and attended by the Director General, Edgardo Badiali. Full text...

  • Morocco hosts ICAO-NGAP regional conferences in May
    29 april 2011 18:44:13
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO ), in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Equipment and Transport, will, 18 to 20 May in Marrakech (South), hold the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) and Trainair plus regional conferences.Full text...

  • DRC's Korongo Airlines to launch soon
    28 april 2011 19:27:45
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The new Congolese airline, Korongo Airlines, with headquarters in Lubumbashi, southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), will soon begin operation to serve the Congolese domestic market and the African sub-region, PANA learned from official sources.Full text...

  • New Mauritania national carrier begins operations
    28 april 2011 17:16:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has given the official nod for the commencement of operations by the new national carrier, the Mauritania Airlines, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe introduces air departure fees
    28 april 2011 12:24:08
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Thursday introduced new air departure fees to raise US$400 million to revamp the country's airports.Full text...

  • Brussels Airlines resumes flights to Abidjan
    27 april 2011 14:10:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Belgian airline, Brussels Airlines, Wednesday resumed flights to Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital, according an official press statement here. Full text...

  • Expert laments state of aviation sector in Africa
    27 april 2011 12:49:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The sorry state of the aviation industry in Africa is due to the fragmentation of the continent into over 50 countries by the colonial rulers, coupled with insufficient political and economic co-operation among the nations, according to former Assistant Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Nick Fadugba.Full text...

  • Senegal Airlines to fly Dakar-Abidjan route
    26 april 2011 13:10:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's national carrier, Senegal Airlines, will begin flying the Dakar-Abidjan route from 16 May, according to a statement from the country's Foreign Ministry.Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe pilots end strike
    21 april 2011 12:21:53
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Striking Air Zimbabwe pilots and cabin crews returned to work Thursday after the government promised to pay their outstanding salaries and allowances which had prompted the strike.Full text...

  • Lyon airport to help renovate DRC airports
    19 april 2011 21:51:27
    Kinshasa, RD Congo (PANA) – Officials of the French airport of Lyon on Tuesday announced in Kinshasa that they would undertake a project to renovate 54 airports in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe announces fleet renewal
    19 april 2011 11:55:41
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Air Zimbabwe said Tuesday it would retire its entire fleet of Boeing 737-200 aircraft and replace them with new planes. Full text...

  • Air Morocco increases seats by 6% for Africa-bound flights
    18 april 2011 19:11:16
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Royal Air Morocco (RAM) on Monday announced a six per cent increase of its seats on flights to Africa on its long-haul network as part of its flight schedule for summer 2011. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe leases aircraft from Zambia
    12 april 2011 16:13:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Air Zimbabwe said Tuesday it had leased aircraft and flight crews from Zambia after reaching a deadlock with its striking pilots and cabin crews. Full text...

  • Senegal Airline extends services to Gambia
    11 april 2011 13:24:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's newly established national carrier, Senegal Airline, with the trade mark of "African elegance”, has disclosed plans of starting four weekly flights to Banjul, the Gambia, PANA confirmed from here Monday. Full text...

  • Belgian Airline suspends flights to Abidjan
    06 april 2011 14:28:29
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Belgian airline, Brussels Air, has suspended its flights to Abidjan for at least a week, said a statement by the company, made available to the media on Wednesday in Brussels.Full text...

  • US condoles with UN over DR Congo plane crash
    05 april 2011 08:48:33
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has condoled with the UN over Monday's crash of its plane in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Nigeria's aviation regulatory body acquires aircraft tracker
    04 april 2011 08:30:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has acquired an aircraft tracking system as part of efforts to ensure air safety in the country, the local media reported Monday, quoting the NCAA Director-General Harold Demuren. Full text...

  • Nigeria 2011: Domestic flights suspended in Nigeria due to elections
    02 april 2011 09:22:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended all domestic flights scheduled for Saturday, when the first of three elections is billed to take place.Full text...

  • Human error caused 21 March plane crash in DRC, says minister
    01 april 2011 14:14:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Shipping, Isidore Mvouba, disclosed Thursday in Brazzaville that human error and not a technical problem was the cause of the the plane crash in Pointe-Noire on 21 Mach, 2011.Full text...

  • New airline takes off in the Comoros
    31 march 2011 21:03:11
    Moroni, Comoros (PANA) - A new airline, AB Aviation, officially took off on Thursday in Moroni, PANA learned from sources close to the company in the Comoran capital. Full text...

  • Conference on aviation safety in Africa starts Thursday in Morocco
    29 march 2011 18:41:30
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - A conference on airport safety in Africa will be held Thursday and Friday in Marrakech, Morocco, on the sidelines of the 45th session of the Board of Directors of the international council of airports in the Africa Region (ACI-Africa), according to statement from the Moroccan National Office of Airports (ONDA) Tuesday. Full text...

  • British Airways resumes flights to Marrakech
    28 march 2011 21:11:08
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – British Airways on Sunday resumed fights to the southern Moroccan city of Marrakech, after years of interruption. Full text...

  • Cameroon's national airline resumes operation
    28 march 2011 13:12:16
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon's national carrier, Cameroon Airlines Corporation (CAMAIR Co), resumed operations Monday with a Douala-Yaounde-Paris flight. Full text...

  • Angry villagers impound plane, hold passengers hostage in Nigeria
    28 march 2011 09:58:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Villagers angered by the blockage of the footpath they normally use as a thoroughfare, by airport authorities installing perimeter fencing around Nigeria's northern Kaduna Airport, Sunday impounded a plane owned by domestic IRS Airline and held the passengers inside hostage in protest. Full text...

  • Sénégal Airline flies to Mauritania
    24 march 2011 22:57:50
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Sénégal Airline is operate daily flights between Dakar and Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, the company's commercial and marketing director, Christophe Leloup, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe pilots on strike
    23 march 2011 13:44:10
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Air Zimbabwe pilots and flight attendants Wednesday went on strike for the second time in three months, demanding payment of overdue salaries. Full text...

  • Cargo plane crashes in Congo
    22 march 2011 11:36:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - An Antonov cargo plane, operated by the company Trans Air Congo (TAC), crashed on Monday in Pointe-Noire, Congo's main economic centre, leaving 19 dead and many wounded, according to the the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). Full text...

  • Activities resume partially at Goma Int'l Airport, eastern DRC
    13 march 2011 19:50:43
    Kinshasa, DR of Congo (PANA) - Activities resumed partially on Sunday at the Goma International Airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after 24 hours of total paralysis, following the strike action of the airways department officers (RVA). Full text...

  • Brussels Airlines reduces flights to Abidjan, Dakar
    10 march 2011 20:45:52
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Belgian airline, Brussels Airlines, has reduced its weekly flights to Abidjan from 6 to 2 because of the continuing post-electoral violence in Cote d'Ivoire, according to a statement from the airline on Thursday in Brussels.Full text...

  • Ghanaian and Chinese investors launch airline
    07 march 2011 20:31:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A team of Ghanaian and Chinese investors has launched a new airline that will operate passenger and cargo services within Ghana and West Africa.Full text...

  • About 20 airlines operated in Mali in 2010 - Officials
    05 march 2011 18:34:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – About 20 airlines operated in Mali in 2010 with the Bamako-Sénou international airport in Bamako securing nearly 95 per cent of the traffic, the Directorate of the Airports of Mali (ADM), said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to enhance air safety
    25 february 2011 08:59:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of ongoing measures to enhance air safety, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is to migrate from terrestrial to satellite-based navigation system next month. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe increases flight frequency to UK
    22 february 2011 10:17:21
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Air Zimbabwe announced Tuesday it was adding a third flight to its twice weekly flights to and from Britain, in response to growing traffic between the two countries.Full text...

  • RAM to operate maiden Casablanca-Moscow link in March
    15 february 2011 22:43:06
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Royal Air Morocco (RAM) will operate its maiden direct air link between Morocco and Russia on 15 March, the Moroccan airline announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2 die in DRC air crash
    15 february 2011 18:39:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A Let 410 aircraft, belonging to the African Air Service company, crashed Monday on Mont Biega, in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing the Russian-born pilot and his Congolese co-pilot, PANA learnt here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius posted 12.2 million euro profit in 3rd quarter of 2010
    10 february 2011 15:34:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Airlines Company, Air Mauritius, on Thursday announced profits totalling 12.2 million euros for the third quarter of 2010. Full text...

  • Private airline, Arik, to fly Nigerian flag on Turkey route
    03 february 2011 18:12:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has approved one of the country's private airlines, Arik, to fly its flag on the Abuja-Istanbul route beginning from June this year, Minister of Aviation Fidelia Njeze said Thursday. Full text...

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