Economy - Transport
  • Air Zimbabwe suspends flights to SA
    16 december 2011 10:40:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's troubled national carrier announced on Friday it was suspending flights to South Africa over fears its planes may be seized by creditors. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulator issues safety warning to pilots amid severe harmattan
    15 december 2011 16:35:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As most parts of Nigeria is blanketed by harmattan haze, the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Thursday warned all pilots and airline operators in the country to adhere strictly to approved weather minima during the period. Full text...

  • Tunisair resumes Tripoli flights Tuesday
    13 december 2011 09:59:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian airline, Tunisair, resumes its flight to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, Tuesday, Tunisair's communication officer of Tunisair, Ms. Soualafa Mokaddem, has indicated. Full text...

  • Creditor impounds Air Zimbabwe plane
    12 december 2011 15:54:19
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A US company on Monday impounded an Air Zimbabwe aircraft in London over a US$ 2.2 million debt, officials said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe woman makes Botswana aviation history
    07 december 2011 14:24:41
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A Zimbabwean woman has made aviation history in Botswana, becoming the first female to be appointed general manager of state-owned Air Botswana, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans new national carrier
    07 december 2011 09:42:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has announced plans to establish a new national airline in 2012, which will be nine years after former national carrier Nigeria Airways was liquidated. Full text...

  • Price fixing: Nigeria's regulatory body sets up appeal body
    05 december 2011 10:49:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has set up an Administrative Appeal Panel to look into its report, which found that British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) colluded to increase Passenger Fuel Surcharge subjectively on the Nigeria-UK route. Full text...

  • Beninese chairs African Road Maintenance Funds Assoc.
    02 december 2011 11:15:35
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Beninese Sylvestre Janvier Kotchoffa has been elected chairman of the African Road Maintenance Funds Association, replacing Samuel Donatien Nyengué of Cameroon. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt seeks US$5m from China for light rail
    02 december 2011 09:56:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has concluded arrangement to access a soft loan of about US$5 million from the Chinese Government to complete the light rail project in the capital city of Abuja, according to an aide of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister. Full text...

  • Libya's Afriqiyah Airways to resume international flights soon
    01 december 2011 17:22:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan airline, Afriqiyah Airways, announced here Wednesday it would soon resume flights to Cairo, Tunis, Istanbul, Dubai and Khartoum. Full text...

  • Nigeria flag carrier, Arik Air, to resume Abuja-London flight
    29 november 2011 20:15:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria flag carrier Arik Air is set to resume its daily flights from Full text...

  • Angolan oil company renovates Sao Tome
    26 november 2011 13:35:57
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) – The Prime minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Patrice Trovoada, on Friday laid the foundation stone for work on renovation of the international airport of the capital, Sao Tome. Full text...

  • African transport ministers inspect air, rail projects in Angola
    25 november 2011 17:18:53
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A delegation of African ministers of transport, led by Angolan minister, Augusto Tomás, Friday visited the central Benguela province, to inspect the construction work at the local airport, the Benguela Railways Company (CFB) and the Lobito Port. Full text...

  • Air Mali Managing Director Berthé elected AFRAA President
    23 november 2011 22:06:04
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Managing Director of Air Mali, Abderrahmane Berthé, has been elected president of the African Association of Airlines (AFRAA). Full text...

  • Price-fixing: Nigeria aviation regulator slams British Airways
    22 november 2011 10:47:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The spat between the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the British Airways (BA), over alleged price-fixing by the airline and Virgin Atlantic, worsened Tuesday when the NCAA slammed the airline (BA) for undermining its authority. Full text...

  • Angolan airline to add two new aircraft in European flights
    21 november 2011 22:22:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The air safety commission of the European Union (EU) on Monday decided to authorize the Angolan airline, TAAG, to add two new aircraft for Eoropean flights. Full text...

  • US airlines, United, makes inaugural flight to Lagos
    18 november 2011 13:42:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - US airlines United made its inaugural flight from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria, on Thursday, joining Delta Airlines on the US-Nigeria route. Full text...

  • Alleged price fixing: Nigeria to file class action suit against BA, Virgin
    18 november 2011 09:12:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government is to file a class action suit against British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), after both indicated unwillingness to pay a fine of US$235 imposed on them by the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for alleged price-fixing on the Nigeria-UK route Full text...

  • Nigeria secures additional flights to London for Arik Air
    16 november 2011 14:43:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Arik Air will be allowed to fly from the capital city of Abuja to London Heathrow, following discussions between officials of Nigerian and British aviation authorities in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition hails slashing of British Airways' flights
    15 november 2011 13:22:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Tuesday expressed support for the slashing of British Airways' flights to the African nation, in retaliation for a similar action meted out to a Nigerian flag carrier, Arik Air. Full text...

  • Angola to host conference of African transport ministers
    14 november 2011 21:37:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The second session of the Conference of African Ministers of Transport (CMAT II) will be held on 21-25 November in Luanda, the capital of Angola, to take stock of the implementation of regional and continental programmes of the sector, according to a statement sent to PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria remains resolute over slash in BA's flights
    14 november 2011 11:37:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Tuesday's expiration of the deadline given to the British Airways to slash its Lagos-London flights from seven to three times weekly, Nigerian aviation authorities have continued to talk tough, insisting the British government was wrong in disrespecting the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between the two countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria, UK face off over airlines' frequencies
    04 november 2011 13:38:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and the United Kingdom are flexing their muscles over weekly flight frequencies between their two airlines, Arik Air and British Airways respectively. Full text...

  • Senegal, Guinea resume commercial flights
    02 november 2011 17:37:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Commercial flights between Senegal and Guinea resumed Wednesday, according to a communiqué issued in Dakar by the Senegal Airlines. Full text...

  • "Tit for Tat" as Dakar bars Guinea planes from using Senegalese airspace
    02 november 2011 12:24:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In retaliation for grounding a Senegalese plane in Conakry, aviation authorities in Dakar have banned planes coming from Guinea from using Senegalese airspace, according to a communique issued by Senegalese government spokesperson, Moustapha Guirassy. Full text...

  • Nigerian private carrier ferries 8 million passengers in 5 years – MD
    31 october 2011 15:51:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian private airline, Arik Air, on Monday said it had carried eight million local and international passengers in its 44 routes in the last five years when it commenced operations. Full text...

  • Nigerian airports get N19b palliative
    28 october 2011 18:59:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. George Uriesi, said here Friday the 19 billion naira (about US$ 124 million) made available to the parastatal by the government was to carry out some palliative measures within the nation’s 22 airports. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers propose measures to make West African airlines viable
    28 october 2011 11:29:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Transport ministers in West Africa have made wide-ranging proposals for the improvement of the operating environment for airlines in the region, a statement from the ECOWAS Commission said here Friday. Full text...

  • West African experts meet to improve regional aviation sector
    22 october 2011 11:01:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African experts are meeting in Accra, Ghana, on the development of a viable airline industry for the region. Full text...

  • Mauritania Airlines to launch flights to Dakar on Sunday
    18 october 2011 12:11:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The national carrier Mauritania Airlines International (MAI) will launch its Dakar, Senegal, flights on Sunday, a statement made available to PANA here on Tuesday said. Full text...

  • Senegal Airlines resumes flights to Nouakchott
    14 october 2011 10:45:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The national carrier Senegal airlines Thursday resumed flights to the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, the airline said in a statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Nigeria fires heads of key aviation agencies
    05 october 2011 09:15:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has fired the chief executive officers of three key aviation parastatals as part of its 'transformation agenda'. Full text...

  • AFRAA to hold general meeting in Morocco
    04 october 2011 21:28:26
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) will hold its 43rd annual general meeting from 20 to 22 November in Marrakech, Royal Air Morocco (RAM) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Alitalia to resume flights to Libya in November
    01 october 2011 12:33:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, announced in Tripoli on Friday that the Italian carrier Alitalia would resume flights to the Libyan capital in November. Full text...

  • TUNISAIR to begin Niamey-Tunis route in November
    30 september 2011 22:11:18
    Paris, France (PANA) – Tunisian carrier, TUNISAIR, will in November begin direct flights between Tunis and Niamey, the capital of Niger, official sources told PANA Friday in Paris. Full text...

  • Zambian President renames 3 international airports
    27 september 2011 12:21:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s new President Michael Sata has renamed three international airports after veteran politicians who played a key role in the country'S liberation struggle. Full text...

  • Morocca, Guinea Bissau to open air link
    26 september 2011 15:52:33
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan and Bissau Guinean governments, here Monday agreed to open air link between Casablanca and the economic capital of the Alaouite Kingdom to Bissau, the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP) reported here. Full text...

  • Senegal's Blaise Diagne airport to be operational next year
    19 september 2011 22:36:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) in Diass, 47 km from Dakar, will be operational next year, the Senegalese senior minister in charge of international cooperation, air transport, infrastructure and energy, Karim Wade, announced on Monday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Rehabilitated Mali airport to be inaugurated on Sunday
    17 september 2011 12:19:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré will on Sunday inaugurate the renovated international airport of Kayes Dag-Dag, 480 km west of the capital Bamako, official sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Another plane crashes in Angola
    15 september 2011 17:11:19
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - An Angolan Air Force SU-22 fighter jet crashed Thursday morning near Lubango city, in southern Huíla province, killing the pilot, Lt.-Col. António João Firmino. Full text...

  • 17 killed in Angola plane crash
    15 september 2011 12:36:06
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Seventeen passengers died in Wednesday's crash of the Angolan Air Force-operated Embraer-120 aircraft in the country's central Huambo, according to the state-run news agency, ANGOP. Full text...

  • Many feared dead in Angolan plane crash
    14 september 2011 21:04:33
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A plane operated by the Angolan military crashed Wednesday, killing many people including three senior officers, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian airline passengers to get 'bill of right'
    14 september 2011 09:16:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bill of right that will spell out the sanctions applicable to various violations arising from unnecessary flight delays and cancellations is being prepared for the benefit of airline passengers in Nigeria, according to the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Full text...

  • Brussels Airlines plane makes inaugural flight to Bamako
    08 september 2011 14:15:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Belgian airline company, Brussels Airlines, Wednesday made its inaugural flight from Brussels-Paris-Bamako, PANA noted here. Full text...

  • Bombings: 'Foreign airlines may boycott Abuja airport'
    05 september 2011 09:09:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Foreign airlines may soon boycott the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja over the persistent bombings by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, the Punch newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • '1.2m residents of Lagos now use water transport monthly'
    01 september 2011 08:29:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - More residents of Nigeria's commercial and coastal city of Lagos are turning to water transport as a means of beating the chaotic traffic jam in the gridlock-prone city, according to officials of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA). Full text...

  • Nigeria's regulatory body bars aircraft without emergency locator xmitter
    23 august 2011 10:02:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria will no longer allow aircraft not fitted with emergency locator transmitter to fly in the country's airspace, to avoid a situation in which crashed airplanes or helicopters will not be easily located, the private Nation newspaper Tuesday quoted the boss of the regulatory Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, as saying. Full text...

  • Congo, Chinese company sign agreement on air transport
    20 august 2011 12:19:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government and a state-owned Chinese company on Friday signed an agreement in Brazzaville to repair Chinese-made planes and supply aircraft for the revival of the state-owned Air Congo, official sources said. Full text...

  • Algerian transport sector gets 13 million euro loan
    19 august 2011 22:40:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has released 13 million euro to Algeria to back a new strategy in the transport sector, according to a communiqué from the European Union made available to PANA in Brussels on Friday. Full text...

  • Congo, Singapore plan cooperation in aviation sector
    13 august 2011 18:29:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo and Singapore are planning to cooperate in the aviation sector as part of an overall upgrading of their relations, PANA learned from officials sources here Saturday. Full text...

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