Economy - Transport
  • SAA eyes alliance with 3 international airlines
    09 may 2005 15:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) will begin codeshare agreements this year with Austrian Airways, United Airlines, and Thai Airways, the SAA said Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe commissions 2 new passenger aircraft
    04 may 2005 18:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Wednesday commissioned into service two new Chinese-made MA60 passenger aircraft bought at a cost of $38 million for the State-run national carrier. Full text...

  • SADC civil aviation experts discuss better services
    04 may 2005 16:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The provision of better air passenger, cargo and mail services can play a role in reducing absolute poverty in Africa, within the context of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development), Mozambique's Deputy Transport Minister, Ernesto Augusto suggested here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Airlines agree deal on Boeing's 'dreamliner'
    02 may 2005 16:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Airlines confirmed here Monday it would be the first Africa-based operator to own Boeing's new high-tech 'Dreamliner' jets. Full text...

  • Airports lacking e-ticketing frustrate African carriers
    27 april 2005 18:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African airlines' representatives, ending a meeting in the South African city of Johannesburg on Wednesday, have expressed concern at the lack of immediate plans by airports in Africa to switch to electronic ticketing. Full text...

  • Kenyan president urges firms to be self-reliant
    26 april 2005 14:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has advised state-owned corporations to operate in a businesslike manner instead of relying on government for survival. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways route expansion faces visa bottlenecks
    26 april 2005 10:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- National flag carrier, the Kenya Airways Monday received its latest ultra-modern Boeing 777-200 ER as part of its 10-year fleet modernisation strategy aimed at positioning it among world's leading airlines. Full text...

  • Libyan, Niger cities inaugurate new air link
    21 april 2005 23:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan Arab Airlines has inaugurated a new air link between the southern Libyan town of Sebha and the central town of Agadez in Niger, Libyan newspapers reported in their Thursday edition. Full text...

  • 1,200 Kenya Airways workers to strike Wednesday
    17 april 2005 13:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Air travellers to Kenya could be forced to reschedule their flights or divert to Entebbe airport in Uganda on Wednesday if 1,200 Kenya Airways ground crew and engineers proceed with a strike they plan to organise on that date to press for better trade union representation. Full text...

  • Bongo seeks to rescue Air Gabon
    08 april 2005 17:53:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese president Omar Bongo Ondimba Thursday told a cabinet meeting that the government should explore all avenues to save the ailing Air Gabon, the national carrier, official sources revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Dutch, French airlines merger set to isolate African carriers
    07 april 2005 16:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has won a major routes merger deal with Air France, a move likely to isolate major African carriers on the same routes, industry analysts said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa Online in merger deal with SITA
    07 april 2005 15:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Belgian-based aviation telecommunications services provider, SITA SC, the only global Communication Services Integrator committed to the travel and transportation industry (TTI), on Thursday announced a new partnership with the Africa Online, one of the most extensive information technology providers in Africa. Full text...

  • AFRAA warns African airlines to adopt electronic ticketing
    06 april 2005 23:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Association of African Airlines (AFRAA), Christian Folly-Kossy Wednesday emphasised the necessity for African airlines to adopt electronic ticketing as per IATA regulations. Full text...

  • SA aviation authorities report surge in aeromedical services
    06 april 2005 10:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Demand for aeromedical services is on the increase in Southern Africa as the sector expands, pushing up the need for quality air ambulance service in the region, aviation sources affirmed here. Full text...

  • Transit transport tops agenda of AU ministerial session
    05 april 2005 13:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African transport ministers meet here Wednesday under the auspices of the African Union to address the sector's role toward achieving the United Nations-set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) amidst calls for improved transit transport cooperation. Full text...

  • Gabon hosts international airport council meeting
    04 april 2005 14:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- About 50 delegates are attending the 32nd International Airports Council (IAC) meeting, which opened here Monday at the invitation of the Gabonese Capital Airport Company (ADL). Full text...

  • Senegal, Malaysia to launch water taxi services
    04 april 2005 10:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal on Sunday said that his country would launch a water taxi service in conjunction with Malaysian partners to improve water urban transportation in the West African state. Full text...

  • African experts assess role of transport in MDGs
    04 april 2005 10:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Transport experts from all African Union (AU) member countries Monday began a two-day meeting here to explore how operation of the continent's transport infrastructure and services could be improved with a view to achieving the UN-set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

  • South African Airways increases fuel levy
    02 april 2005 17:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has made changes to its fuel levy for international tickets due to the fluctuation in the oil prices, the airline said in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Gabon begins charging seaport, airport taxes
    29 march 2005 13:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The commune of Libreville has instituted seaport and airport taxes for passengers on all ships and planes departing from Gabonese ports and the Leon Mba international Airport, except for diplomats and other holders of diplomatic passports, municipal authorities announced in a press release. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco to set up maritime link
    27 march 2005 13:57:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Representatives from Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal signed an agreement here Saturday creating a Dakar-St Louis-Nouakchott-Nouadhibou-Casablanca-Tangiers maritime link, according to sources at the Mauritanian ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy. Full text...

  • BDEAC, ASECNA sign 6 billion CFA loan deal
    18 march 2005 16:48:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Central African States Development Bank (BDEAC) and the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) have signed a loan agreement for 6 billion francs CFA, official sources revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Cotonou, Las Palmas to enhance port co-operation
    13 march 2005 18:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Cotonou port and its Spanish counterpart of Las Palmas are considering setting up a partnership accord in order to enhance co-operation between them, sources close to the port said here on Sunday. Full text...

  • German consortium plans to build Trans-Africa railroad
    11 march 2005 16:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A German railway construction consortium, Thormaehlen Schweisstechnick AG, which plans to build a Kenya-Uganda-Sudan rail network, has embarked on a series of consultations with leaders in the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Zambia, Angola ponder over direct air, rail links
    10 march 2005 11:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia and Angola have begun discussions over the possibility of them re-establishing direct air and rail links between them, officials here said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Cargo plane catches fire at Congolese airport
    03 march 2005 23:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- An Antonov 24 belonging to Trans Air Congo (TAC) caught fire on the runway Thursday afternoon during take-off at the at Impfondo airport 900 km north of Brazzaville, airport sources indicated here, saying the Russian crew members were safe. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways invests $400m in fleet modernisation
    23 february 2005 10:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Airways has purchased two more ultra-modern Boeing 777 aircraft as part of its 400 million US dollar fleet modernisation and route expansion plan, which also involves the strengthening of ties with its main competitors. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt sites new international airport in Malibé II
    28 january 2005 10:26:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government has chosen Malibe II as site for a new international airport, according to a release following a meeting of the council of ministers last Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kibaki calls for improved transport links in Africa
    27 january 2005 17:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Thursday called for improved transport and communication networks within African countries, saying improved transport connectivity was crucial to an increased trade on the continent. Full text...

  • High rail tariffs affect Kenya's exports to Sudan
    22 january 2005 16:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan manufacturers have complained against new proposals by the state-owned Kenya Railways to hike transport charges by 23 percent, a move they said could jeopardise new-found enthusiasm over the enlargement of the regional market. Full text...

  • African airline mergers key to survival, says aviation expert
    20 january 2005 11:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African airlines like Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines should pursue mergers to counter stiff competition from European carriers which have encroached on the most lucrative routes, a top Kenyan aviation official has said. Full text...

  • Uganda, Zimbabwe to establish direct air link
    18 january 2005 13:16:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe have initiated an agreement to establish direct air links between Entebbe and Harare airports in their respective countries. Full text...

  • Crash-landing prompts aviation authorities into action
    30 december 2004 17:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced Thursday it would check the airworthiness of all Boeing-727 aircraft operated by a local airline, Chanchangi, a day after one of its airliners crash-landed at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. Full text...

  • SAA becomes first non-Saudi carrier to Medina
    23 december 2004 09:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways has become the first ever non-Saudi airline to enter the holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, making it easier for South African Hajj pilgrims to travel there. Full text...

  • Nigeria grants Lufthansa extra flights
    21 december 2004 11:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has granted German airline Lufthansa three extra flights to the country through the southeastern city of Port Harcourt, raising the airline's frequencies out of Nigeria to 15, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • African carriers face uncertain future over new laws
    10 december 2004 17:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African airlines are facing an oblique future due to airspace regulations that could strangle them as European airliners rear to take over the local transporters' lucrative routes, previously dominated by African national airlines themselves. Full text...

  • CFM hands over Beira rail system to investors
    10 december 2004 16:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's publicly-owned port and rail company, CFM, has signed an agreement in the central city of Beira whereby the management of the entire Beira rail system is leased out to a new undertaking, the Beira Railroad Company (CCFB). Full text...

  • Air Gabon resumes Libreville-Paris air link
    09 december 2004 16:30:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's national airline "Air Gabon" on Wednesday restored Paris-Libreville flights using its Boeing 767-200, which was grounded for three weeks in France due to technical and financial problems, official sources revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • German leader to inaugurate Cotonou bridge
    06 december 2004 19:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Horts Kِhler of Germany, who is due here next Thursday for a working visit, will on Friday inaugurate a third bridge in Cotonou, official sources indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Senegal agree on air transport services
    03 december 2004 10:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian and Senegalese civil aviation chiefs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on air transport services that would pave the way for unrestricted flights between the two far-flung countries, press reports affirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • 3 West African states to launch NEPAD pilot road project
    25 november 2004 16:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali will in mid December launch an axle loading control system for the Bamako-Ouagadougou-Accra road corridor financed by a combination of banks and donor countries. Full text...

  • S. African air charter firm opens route to Mozambique
    04 november 2004 11:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African charter firm, Charlan Air, has announced that it will broaden its horizons from Friday, operating a scheduled service to three destinations in Mozambique from its base at Lanseria International Airport in Gauteng Province. Full text...

  • Royal Air Morocco to resume flights to Lisbon
    01 november 2004 13:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's Royal Airline (RAM) will soon resume flights to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon after a two- year absence, the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has reported. Full text...

  • New airline links Cotonou, N'djamena
    30 october 2004 18:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Toumai Air Chad, the new airline linking Benin and Chad, Friday made its inaugural flight from the Cadjehoun International Airport in Benin to the Chadian capital N'djamena. Full text...

  • Great Lakes regional transit cargo inflows up 16%
    22 october 2004 20:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Transit cargo leaving Kenya's Mombasa seaport depot for the neighbouring countries shot up by 16 percent over the past nine months mainly due to improved cargo inflows destined for Uganda, ports officials announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Kibaki, German investors discuss Kenya-Sudan rail project
    20 october 2004 10:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government is willing to work with private investors in the construction of the proposed railway line from Rongai in central Kenya to the Sudanese border, President Mwai Kibaki has said. Full text...

  • SADC, EAC, COMESA harmonise aviation rules
    15 october 2004 13:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has harmonised its civil aviation regulations with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC) in a bid to improve safety for air travellers in the region. Full text...

  • South African Airways, Jet Airways forge deal
    04 october 2004 11:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Discussions held between South African Airways and India's Jet Airways in London recently have led to an agreement based on a strategic regional alliance designed to explore and develop areas of mutual benefit. Full text...

  • Rwandan airline starts Kigali-Arusha flight
    02 october 2004 20:09:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A Rwandan airline, Rwandair Express, Saturday inaugurated its maiden direct flight between the capital, Kigali, and the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha, official sources said in Kigali. Full text...

  • South African transporters accused of violating accord
    29 september 2004 20:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Frederico Ambrosio, head of a Mozambican passenger transport association, Wednesday accused South African transporters of violating the agreement governing transportation between the two countries. Full text...

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