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  • Accra Flight Information Region gets new navigation system
    16 july 2011 09:00:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Air transport safety in the Accra Flight Information Region, which comprises the air space of Ghana, Togo and Benin, has been boosted with the installation of a new navigation system by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Full text...

  • Mali airports make FCFA 2.4b profit in 2010
    15 july 2011 12:59:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Airports of Mali realised a net profit of FCFA 2.4 billion in 2010, according to a statement issued after the 41st session of airports' board of directors. Full text...

  • Plane overshoots runway in Nigeria
    14 july 2011 22:10:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A chartered plane with four persons on board, including crew members, on Thursday overshot the runway while landing at the Port Harcourt International Airport in southern Nigeria, aviation officials said. Full text...

  • DRC govt withdraws airline's licence following ghastly crash
    14 july 2011 16:02:11
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Thursday announced the withdrawal of the operating licence of the Hewa Bora Airline, following the crash of its plane on 8 July at the Bangboka Airport in Kisangani, located in the eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Senegal plane overshoots runway in Bamako
    11 july 2011 17:06:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal Airlines plane, which runs a shuttle between Dakar, the Senegalese capital, and Bamako, Mali, Monday overshot the runway at the Bamako Senou airport, PANA reported.Full text...

  • At least 127 die in DR Congo plane crash
    08 july 2011 22:49:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – At least 127 people died when an aircraft belonging to the Congolese private airline, Hewa Bora, crashed on Friday afternoon as it landed at Kisangani airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Congolese Transport ministry said.Full text...

  • 'Only two Gabonese airlines meet security norms'
    07 july 2011 19:33:59
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabonese National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) Thursday said only two of the seven local airlines, Allegiance and Afrijet, had met with the air security rules in the country. Full text...

  • African airlines move to buy fuel jointly
    07 july 2011 14:20:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - African airlines will later this year launch a joint fuel procurement programme, to cope with the high cost of fuel, which is reaching record highs, the Association of African Airlines (AFRAA) said at its sixth forum, under the theme: "Africa Roads 2011", that ended here Wednesday. Full text...

  • African airlines will not be profitable in 2011 says AFRAA
    06 july 2011 16:59:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Association of African Airlines (AFRAA) predicted that African carriers would not be profitable in 2011 and that even if the market would experience some growth this year, most of the traffic would be transported by non-African companies, especially on international routes.Full text...

  • New DR Congo airline, Korongo, ready to take off
    05 july 2011 20:51:12
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  • Air Mauritius makes maiden flight to Shanghai
    05 july 2011 10:54:12
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - National carrier Air Mauritius late Monday made its maiden flight to Shanghai, China, with 200 passengers, including the President of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Airlines resumes partial flight to destinations affected by volcano
    15 june 2011 14:55:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Airlines announced Wednesday that it had resumed flights to some of the destinations affected by volcanic ash from a volcanic eruption in Eritrea Monday morning. Full text...

  • Angolan airline acquires 2 new Boeing 777-300ER
    13 june 2011 13:13:46
    Washington, US (PANA) - The Angolan government-owned air transport company "TAAG" has acquired two new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft at a cost of US$ 375,463,678.80 following a contract signed Friday at the headquarters of Eximbank, Washington, PANA reported, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP).Full text...

  • Angolan airline to begin Luanda-Oporto flight in July
    10 june 2011 19:59:21
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angolan government-owned Air Transport Company (TAAG) will Full text...

  • Senegal Airlines announces new services to Central Africa
    31 may 2011 15:20:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The new Senegalese airlines company, Senegal Airlines, on Tuesday announced the opening of new services to Cotonou (Benin), Libreville (Gabon) and Douala (Cameroon) from Dakar, with a technical stopover in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.Full text...

  • Nigeria grounds US$51m presidential jet over safety issue
    30 may 2011 12:58:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's aviation authorities have grounded a presidential jet which was recently acquired at a cost of US$51 million, following an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Full text...

  • President Jonathan cancels trip to France
    26 may 2011 20:22:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday cancelled his scheduled trip to France for the Summit of Eight Industrialised Nations (G-8), a news release issued by Presidential Spokesman Ima Niboro disclosed. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe confirms Zambia withdraws plane
    26 may 2011 08:59:01
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Air Zimbabwe Thursday said a Zambian airline had withdrawn a plane it (Air Zimbabwe) had leased after disagreements over payment. Full text...

  • RAM to provide 14 weekly flights to Mauritania
    25 may 2011 22:26:22
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is increase its weekly flights to Mauritania from nine to 14 while Mauritania Airlines will provide two flights per week to Morocco, official sources said on Wednesday in Rabat.Full text...

  • Nigeria aviation experts investigate plane crash
    25 may 2011 22:15:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze, on Wednesday said personnel of the Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have commenced investigations into the cause of the crash of Beechcraft aircraft in Kaduna on Tuesday.Full text...

  • 'Icelandic volcano ash won't disturb Air Morocco flights'
    25 may 2011 18:16:59
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The Royal Air Morocco (RAM) traffic to European countries, which accounts for half of the company's routes, will not be disturbed in the coming days by Grimsvoetn Icelandic volcanic ash, PANA learnt in Rabat. Full text...

  • Victims of Nigeria plane crash identified
    25 may 2011 13:18:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The pilot and the engineer who died in the crash of a light plane in Nigeria Tuesday have been identified as a Briton, Capt. David Sewell, and a Nigerian, Avong Ayuba, respectively. Full text...

  • 2 die in Nigeria plane crash (Updated)
    24 may 2011 14:24:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The pilot and the engineer aboard a light plane which crashed in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna Tuesday died as a result of the incident, according to the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Yushau Shuaib. Full text...

  • 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...

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