Economy - Transport
  • 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...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express officially becomes IATA member
    27 may 2015 20:49:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir Express, has officially been admitted as the new member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), John Mirenge, said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean airlines launch 'Vanilla Alliance' network in June
    26 may 2015 17:59:25
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – In a bid to improve air links, air companies of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) member countries will on 18 June 2015 sign in Antananarivo, Madagascar, an agreement to set up a sub-regional airline network known as 'Vanilla Alliance', the Commission said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: ECAir to inaugurate Brazzaville-Beirut route on 2 June
    19 may 2015 21:57:25
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECAir) will on 2 June inaugurate the Brazzaville-Beirut route in response to the increasing demand of the Lebanese community in Africa as well as traders, according to a communiqué issued to PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt intends to revolutionize public transport in Mauritius
    18 may 2015 18:05:03
    Port Louis Mauritius (PANA) – Public transport in Mauritius should be driven by innovation to be efficient while providing comfort and safety to the country's daily travellers, Public Infrastructure and Land Transport Minister Nandcoomar Bodha said here Monday. Full text...

  • UAE: African Airlines Association to meet in November
    12 may 2015 12:58:42
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates (PANA) - The 47th General Meeting of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) will be held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 8 to 10 November 2015, AFRAA President Fatima Benyina-Moussa has announced. Full text...

  • Kenya:Dubai gears up for African Aviation Summit
    04 may 2015 10:23:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Aviation Africa 2015, which is due to open on 10 May in Dubai, will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market, organizers have said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Tunisia airspace now open to flights from Libya'
    26 april 2015 14:08:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Tunisian authorities have decided to reopen the Tunisian air space to flights from Libyan airports in Maitigua, Misrata, Labreg and Tobrouk, Libyan media reported on Sunday, quoting official Tunisian sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia gives conditions to open air space for Libyan planes
    15 april 2015 11:47:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia will open its air space to Libyan planes as soon as the security at Libyan airports is tightened, Tunisian Minister of Transport Mahmoudi Ben Romdhane told journalists here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Airlines resumes weekly Tripoli-Algiers flights
    04 april 2015 14:16:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Airlines will resume its weekly direct flight between Tripoli and Algiers on Tuesday, an official of the airline said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Revamped Tanzania Railways speed up cargo delivery to landlocked neighbouring countries
    26 march 2015 12:17:30
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania Railways has started three-weekly freight train services to the landlocked neighbouring Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda with a markedly reduced running time from two weeks to two days, the state-owned company has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Airline directed to review security arrangement after stowaway incident
    18 march 2015 09:54:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's biggest airline Arik Air has been directed to review the security arrangement around its aircraft when they are parked, after the remains of an apparent stowaway were found on one of its airplanes on scheduled flight to the US last week. Full text...

  • UN: ICAO member states recommend aircraft tracking every 15 minutes
    05 february 2015 08:05:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Member states of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have recommended the adoption of a 15-minute aircraft tracking standard that will be an Full text...

  • Kenya: Aviation Africa 2015 conference holds in Dubai
    02 february 2015 13:31:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Aviation Africa 2015, a conference aimed at changing the perception of African aviation, will hold in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10-11 May, according to organisers Arabian Aerospace and African Aerospace magazines. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express opens Entebbe-Nairobi route
    02 february 2015 08:08:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's flag carrier RwandAir Express has launched a new route from Entebbe (Uganda) to Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, the airline said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '50b Naira spent on aircraft maintenance abroad'
    13 january 2015 13:30:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian government's failure to establish or encourage the private sector to set up a hanger for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul in the country is eating deep into the operational funds of local airlines, as they struggle to survive amid sundry charges, according to aviation experts. Full text...

  • Angola: TAAG increases flights to Portugal
    17 december 2014 21:13:37
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Angolan airline (TAAG) from Wednesday increased its weekly flights to the Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Porto to meet demands in this holiday period, sources from the airline said in Luanda. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Transport minister annoyed by EU ban on Mozambique Airline
    17 december 2014 20:02:22
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) – Mozambique's Minister of Transport and Communications, Gabriel Muthisse has expressed indignation at the European Union's decision to extend the ban on Mozambique Airline from flying over the European airspace. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria recalls ambassadors to Belgium, The Netherlands over plane
    14 december 2014 14:33:04
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Algerian ministry of foreign affairs has recalled its two ambassadors accredited respectively to Belgium and the Netherlands for consultations after the seizure of an Air Algeria aircraft in Brussels, a communiqué issued by the ministry on Saturday evening said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Air Seychelles adds Dar es Salaam to its regional destinations
    03 december 2014 12:10:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Air Seychelles has opened a new route directly linking the west Indian Ocean Island's capital, Victoria, and Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, to boost tourism between the two countries, the Tanzania Aviation Authority (TAA) said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Air traffic resumes at Maitigua airport, Tripoli
    27 november 2014 13:43:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Air traffic resumed Thursday morning at the Maitigua Airport, in the suburb of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, after two days of suspension following air strikes on the runway, the airport management announced here. Full text...

  • Congo: AFRAA gets new President
    25 november 2014 13:48:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Managing Director of Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECAir) Fatima Benyina-Moussa has been named the new President of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Full text...

  • Congo: African Shippers meet in Brazzaville
    11 november 2014 11:23:07
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese Transport Minister Rodolphe Adada has listed the modernisation of ports and facilities, the reduction of costs and delays in the transit of goods as some of the challenges facing the continent's shipping sector. Full text...

  • Algeria: Air Algeria to open new air routes in Africa
    11 november 2014 09:17:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Algeria's national carrier Air Algeria is to open new air routes in Africa, particularly with the south of the continent, according to Algeria's Transport Minister Amar Ghoul. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to acquire three passenger aircraft from China
    05 november 2014 18:27:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo has signed a deal with China's AVIC International for the purchase and delivery of three ARJ21-type passenger aircraft in a bid to beef up its Air Congo fleet for domestic routes, Transport and Civil Aviation minister Rodolphe Adada said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Airways boosts fleet with two new planes
    21 october 2014 11:15:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways has received two new modern planes with state-of-the-art features, bringing the number of its active aircraft to 40. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa's airlines face tough future with Ebola spread to US - Analysts
    02 october 2014 13:12:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ebola spread to the US has created fears that US aviation authorities could slap travel restrictions, which would signal a major crisis for African airlines struggling to make profits, analysts warned in a report on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta negotiates direct flights to US
    29 september 2014 13:57:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, has personally taken up the negotiations for direct flights to United states of America, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria says retention of Category 1 status opens aviation sector for investments
    27 september 2014 16:48:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has said the recent retention of the Category One status of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will open up the sector for the much-needed investments. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dubai to host Aviation Africa 2015
    02 september 2014 12:59:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A two-day summit, which will focus on strategies, opportunities and challenges affecting the aviation industry in Africa, and dubbed ''Aviation Africa 2015'', will be held in Dubai, UAE , between 10-11 May, 2015, organisers announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger gets new presidential jet
    01 september 2014 14:48:42
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger on Sunday got a new presidential aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, BBJ (Boeing Business Jet), acquired at a cost 20 billion CFAF, official sources told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisair suspends flights to Libyan airports of Tobruk, Abrak
    23 august 2014 13:32:26
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's national carrier Tunisair has suspended its flights to the Libyan airports of Tobruk and Arbrak, sources from the airline said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisia, Egypt close airspace to planes from Libya
    21 august 2014 11:50:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tunisia and Egypt have decided to close their airspace to aircraft coming from Libya, the Libyan Press Agency, LANA, Thursday quoted airport sources as saying. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Airways suspends flights to Ebola-hit nations
    19 august 2014 11:13:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways will from midnight Tuesday stop flights to the Ebola-hit West Africa Nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, airline's Chief Executive Titus Naikuni said in a statement. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya, Tunisia to begin shipping project
    13 august 2014 22:44:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya and Tunisia have expressed the desire to activate a shipping line between the two countries Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Airways protects passengers, crew in Ebola-hit West Africa
    08 august 2014 17:29:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways said Friday flights to Ebola-hit areas in West African states, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, would continue under revised but more stringent health regulations to prevent possible risks to crew. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville ratifies air services agreement with Turkey
    07 august 2014 14:32:40
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Senate has ratified the air services agreement it signed last November with Turkey, according to an official statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • Togo: ASKY resumes flight to Nigeria
    03 august 2014 16:44:35
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Pan African airline ASKY has resumed flights to Nigeria, following the lifting of the suspension slammed on the airline by the Nigerian regulators for ferrying a Liberian infected with the Ebola virus to Nigeria, where he died 20 July. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suspension of ASKY airlines over Ebola lifted
    02 august 2014 15:34:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the suspension it slammed on the Togo-based regional ASKY Airlines for ferrying a Liberian infected with the Ebola Virus Disease into the country last week. Full text...

  • US: UN, civil aviation partners to reduce risks of flying over conflict zones
    01 august 2014 05:40:28
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of the recent downing of a passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, the UN and its partners have set up a task force to reduce the risks of civilian planes flying over conflict areas and ensure that "the right information reaches the right people at the right time." Full text...

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