Economy - Transport
  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express to launch new routes to Cotonou, Abidjan
    23 august 2016 10:14:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, will run flights between Benin's largest city, Cotonou and the main Ivorian city of Abidjan from 2 September, an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania orders Canadian aircraft to revamp ailing national carrier
    26 july 2016 10:45:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania and Canada’s Bombardier Commercial Aircraft have signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners valued at approximately US$62 million, the government announced in Dares Salaam on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: South African Airways launches biofuel on domestic flights
    22 july 2016 11:44:48
    New York, US (PANA) - South African Airways (SAA) made history on Friday when some of its domestic flights departed Johannesburg to Cape Town becoming Africa’s first airline to fly on jet fuel made from tobacco plants. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius posts 16.5 million-euro profit for 2015/2016
    22 july 2016 10:29:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian national airline, Air Mauritius, generated profits of 16.5 million euro for the financial year 2015/16 contrasting with a loss of 23.7 million euro for the previous financial year 2014/15. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express resumes Kigali-Juba flights
    20 july 2016 10:58:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir Express, will resume direct flights between Kigali and Juba on Wednesday after they were suspended on 10 July, due to the renewed fighting in the South Sudan capital city, the airline said in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • US: EgyptAir signs US$900 million Boeing deal
    13 july 2016 13:49:05
    New York, US (PANA) US-based aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, and EgyptAir on Wednesday announced an order for nine Next-Generation 737-800s. Full text...

  • US: Air Côte d'Ivoire orders additional Airbus A320neo
    13 july 2016 13:45:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Air Cote d’Ivoire, the Ivorian national carrier, has placed an order with Airbus for the purchase of an additional A320neo to complete its fleet. Full text...

  • Botswana: Air Botswana resumes Johannesburg flights
    29 june 2016 10:06:25
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana's cash-strapped national carrier, Air Botswana, has announced the resumption of flights from the country’s tourist resort of Maun to OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius posts profits of 16.5 million euro for 2015/2016
    13 june 2016 16:57:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Air Mauritius on Monday announced net profits of 16.5 million euro for financial year 2015/2016 (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016), representing an increase of 40 million euro over losses of 23.6 million euro posted the previous year. Full text...

  • Botswana: Air Botswana to buy new aircraft
    02 june 2016 08:06:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced plans to aid the ailing national airline, Air Botswana, whose accounts have remained in the red for years. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Conference on Logistics and Transport ends
    11 march 2016 08:57:53
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has said that the logistics and transport industry is at a major cross-roads as there are serious challenges that are besetting it. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Africa Forum 2016 on logistics and transport opens
    09 march 2016 11:33:32
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Wednesday indicated that a historical agreement has been signed between Mauritius and Changi Airport in Singapore for the establishment of an air corridor between Asia and Africa using Mauritius and Singapore as hubs. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana builds new terminal at Accra airport
    02 march 2016 12:05:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana is building a new terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra that will enable the airport handle five million passengers a year. Full text...

  • US: Qatar Airways to offer direct flights to Maputo, Mozambique
    10 february 2016 16:00:56
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world leading airlines, Qatar Airways, on Wednesday said it would upgrade to non-stop B787 Dreamliner service three times weekly between Doha and Maputo, Mozambique, effective 27 March. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Platform to connect aviation, hotel sectors to take off
    03 february 2016 10:28:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A unique platform bringing together airlines, airports, hotel and hospitality investors for the first time, is being launched in October this year in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria to suspend flights to Tripoli from Friday
    27 january 2016 14:06:13
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The Algerian ministry of Transport announced here Wednesday the suspension, from Friday, of flights between Algiers and Tripoli. Full text...

  • South Africa: Aircraft involved in two emergency landings in three days
    25 january 2016 11:48:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – For the second time in three days, a passenger jet has been forced to make an emergency landing in Johannesburg following loss of cabin pressure. Full text...

  • South Africa: SAA cancels US flights over storms
    22 january 2016 11:12:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Airways (SAA) on Friday announced that it has cancelled flights between Johannesburg and Washington DC via Accra, Ghana, with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Brussels Airlines extends services to Rwanda
    22 december 2015 13:28:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Brussels Airlines has announced it will begin operating a six-time weekly flights to Rwanda from Belgium effective from April 2016, PANA reports Tuesday from Kigali. Full text...

  • US: Qatar Airways launches new services to Durban
    21 december 2015 21:22:49
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world's leading airlines, Qatar Airways, Monday announced a four-time, weekly service to Durban, South Africa, to further complement the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister orders probe after airline uses ladder to disembark passengers
    20 december 2015 14:55:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has ordered a probe of the circumstances in which a ladder was used to disembark passengers from a local flight on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Probe over suspected bomb scare on Air France flight from Mauritius
    20 december 2015 11:20:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities Sunday launched an investigation into a suspected device removed from an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris that made an emergency landing in Kenya. Full text...

  • US: ICAO calls for enhanced safety and efficiency to rule the world's skies
    08 december 2015 11:59:22
    New York, US (PANA) - With global air transport doubling in flight and passenger volumes every 15 years, the United Nations aviation agency on Monday called for enhanced safety and efficiency to rule the world's skies. Full text...

  • Morocco: New maritime line links Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal
    26 november 2015 13:16:02
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The international maritime transport group, CMA CGM, has opened a maritime transport line linking Morocco and some West African countries in a bid to promote economic trade between the countries of the region. Full text...

  • UN: Agreement reached for real-time flight tracking
    12 november 2015 01:11:41
    New York, US (PANA) - An agreement has been reached at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on the allocation of radio frequency spectrum to allow the use of satellites for real-time global flight tracking in civil aviation, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to connect to Singapore to better serve Africa
    21 october 2015 12:06:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Wednesday announced that there would be an air link between Singapore and Mauritius next year in a bid to cater for the growing demand from Asians to travel to Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • Nigeria: No one hurt as two airplanes collide in Nigeria
    20 october 2015 23:42:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two aircraft belonging to Nigeria's private airline Arik Air collided on the tarmac at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in the economic capital city of Lagos Tuesday, forcing the airline to ground the planes. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria airport rated worst in the world
    19 october 2015 23:29:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Port Harcourt International Airport in southern Nigeria has been rated the worst airport in Africa and the world. Full text...

  • Congo: AFRAA to hold 47th General Assembly
    09 october 2015 20:11:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese capital, Brazzaville, will host the 47th General Assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) from 8 to 10 November 2015, according to a statement issued in Brazzaville on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Security tightened at airports after spying network busted at Abuja airport
    29 august 2015 13:18:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Security has been tightened at airports across Nigeria after the Department of State Services (DSS) busted a spy network at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital city of Abuja, the secret police announced on Saturday Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt kick-starts efforts to establish new national carrier
    26 august 2015 09:41:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government has kick-started efforts to establish a new national airline, following a directive to that effect from President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Anti-narcotics agency probes Nigerian airline crew member caught with cocaine in London
    26 august 2015 09:13:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is probing the crew member of Nigerian carrier Arik Air who was arrested in London Monday night after he was found with 20kg of cocaine. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Flights between Libya, Tunisia resume
    21 august 2015 21:11:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Flights between Tunisia and Libya resumed officially on Friday with a flight of Air Gadamech, which left from the al-Maatia international airport of Tripoli to Carthage international airport of Tunis, after one year of interruption, sources told PANA. Full text...

  • US: Emirates to launch world’s longest commercial flight in 2016
    14 august 2015 15:02:32
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world's leading airlines, Emirates, will launch the world’s Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda's airline seeks strategic partner to boost competitiveness
    09 august 2015 14:46:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a bid to step up its commercial competitiveness, Rwanda's national airline has offered a 49 percent stake of shares to a prospective strategic partner, an official source disclosed here Sunday. Full text...

  • UAE: Flydubai launches 4 weekly flights to Eritrean capital
    05 august 2015 14:20:34
    Dubai, UAE (PANA) - Middle East’s fastest growing airline, flydubai, has unveiled plans to launch flights to Asmara, the Eritrean capital, saying "the flights are the first direct link between Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Number of travellers through Tunisian airports drops significantly'
    30 july 2015 13:56:26
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The number of travellers through Tunisian airports during the first quarter of this year is estimated at 3,768,000 against the 4,798,000 passengers over the same period last year - a drop of 21.5%, according to statistics released Thursday by the Tunisian civil aviation and airports office. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia-Algeria weekly flights to increase
    29 july 2015 14:03:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Following an agreement signed Tuesday between aviation officials of both countries, the number of flights between Tunisia and Algeria will be increased from 30 to 42 per week, according to Habib Makki, Director General of the Tunisian Office of Civil Aviation and airports (OACA). Full text...

  • US: Emirates adds Bamako to its global route network
    22 july 2015 15:46:21
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world's leading airlines, Emirates, will connect Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali, to its global network from 25 October, a statement made Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius operates first flight to Chengdu, China
    06 july 2015 15:52:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Air Mauritius’ first flight to Chengdu in China, departed Monday afternoon from the island, making this destination the fourth in China after Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir slashes domestic flight fare by 30%
    06 july 2015 09:00:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - RwandAir Express airline, which has just acquired a new Bombardier Q400 Next Gen jet, on Monday announced a 30 per cent reduction in the fare for its sole domestic flight connecting the capital, Kigali, to Kamembe in the South-West. Full text...

  • Congo: Construction of Kinkala-Mindouli road launched
    27 june 2015 09:59:14
    Mindouli, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Friday launched the construction of a road that will link Kinkala to Mindouli, a small town situated at about 125 km to the south of Brazzaville, in the department of Pool. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Fewer passengers travel through Nigerian airports'
    22 june 2015 10:14:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of passengers who travelled through Nigeria's airports fell by 10.88% in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the last quarter of 2014, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Brussels Airlines to resume, increase flights to Freetown (Corrected)
    18 june 2015 19:18:11
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - As airlines resume their flights to Sierra Leone, in the wake of the falling cases of Ebola in the country, Brussels Airlines has said it will double its flights to Freetown. Full text...

  • Benin: ASECNA to manage Benin-Togo air space from 25 June
    17 june 2015 21:43:31
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Agency for Air Security and Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will from 25 June this year be in charge of the management of the Beninese-Togolese air space, according to a decision made by the governments of the two countries, sources told PANA in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius, China sign bilateral air service agreement
    11 june 2015 09:45:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and China have signed a bilateral service agreement that expands the connections between both nations and also benefits the African continent, according to the office of the Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister. Full text...

  • Togo: Asky hits 2m passenger milestone
    11 june 2015 09:12:03
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Togo-based ASKY Airlines has ferried 2 million passengers since commencing operations in 2010, the airline has announced. Full text...

  • Kenya: Dubai-based airline launches direct flights to Somaliland
    10 june 2015 10:18:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flight to Hargeisa, in Somaliland, landed Tuesday at Hargeisa Egal International Airport, marking the launch of a direct four-time weekly service to Hargeisa. Full text...

  • Somalia: Dubai-based flydubai launches direct flights to Somaliland
    09 june 2015 20:37:04
    Hargeisa, Somalia (PANA) - Dubai-based carrier, flydubai, has become the first airline outside of Africa to launch direct flights to Hargeisa in Somalia. Full text...

  • Togo: ASKY, Air Burkina sign partnership agreement
    28 may 2015 21:53:59
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - ASKY Airlines, a private airline founded by West African governments, and Air Burkina, the national carrier of Burkina Faso, on Thursday signed a partnership agreement to strengthen their networks and offer passengers "new links", says a communiqué issued by ASKY, whose headquarters is in Lomé. Full text...

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