Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Qatar Airways has announced plans to expand its flight operations in South Africa. Beginning in March, it plans to operate 28 weekly flights, 18 to Johannesburg, seven to Cape Town and three to Durban. CEO Akbar Al Baker said South Africa remains an important market “and [...]
©- - 18 february 2021 - 15:13:59 - thread Economy (124 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A new airline in Mali, Sky Mali, made its maiden commercial flight on Monday on the Bamako-Timbuktu route. The airline, which will fly the route twice a week, -- Mondays and Fridays -- has for the past three months been flying from Bamako to Kayes in the [...]
©- - 03 february 2021 - 10:37:31 - thread Economy (236 words)


Montreal, Canada (PANA) - A new report from the UN’s air transportation agency confirms there was a “dramatic” fall in international air travel due to coronavirus (COVID-19) of around 60 per cent over the course of last year to levels last seen in 2003. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said on [...]
©- - 16 january 2021 - 08:55:37 - thread Economy (437 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and Egypt agreed on Friday to inaugurate a shipping line to strengthen their trade relations, as well as their presence in African markets. This agreement was announced during a meeting between the Tunisian Prime Minister, Hichem Mechichi, and the Egyptian ambassador in Tunis, Iheb Fahmi, according [...]
©- - 08 january 2021 - 17:16:28 - thread Economy (102 words)


Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, has announced the commencement of regular  flights between Morocco and Israel within the next two to three months. In a statement reported by the official MAP press agency, Ms. Fettah Aloui said that "the [...]
©- - 25 december 2020 - 15:59:00 - thread Economy (166 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia has suspended air links with the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia from Monday until further notice, the Ministry of Transport and Logistics announced in a press release. According to the statement, the measure was taken following the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus suspected [...]
©- - 21 december 2020 - 13:54:13 - thread Economy (104 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has resumed flights to Mekelle, the capital of the troubled Tigray state, following the reopening of the airspace in the area. The disruption of flights to the city followed fighting between the National Defence Force and soldiers loyal to the former state [...]
©- - 16 december 2020 - 10:22:12 - thread Economy (234 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Flights from Libya's Tripoli-Maatiga International Airport to the Tunisian city of Sfax resumed on Tuesday after a stoppage that lasted nearly 10 years, a source close to the management of the airport in the Tunisian city announced. Two weekly flights, Tuesdays and Saturdays, will be operated from [...]
©- - 16 december 2020 - 08:55:11 - thread Economy (144 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General has called for critical support for the aviation sector, badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, to allow it to weather the global crisis.  “Aviation is an important engine of our world, and will play a critical role in lifting the world to [...]
©- - 07 december 2020 - 12:30:28 - thread Economy (559 words)


Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator, Steve Dickson, on Tuesday signed an order that paves the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to commercial service. Mr. Dickson’s action followed a "comprehensive and methodical safety review process" that took 20 months to complete, a statement on [...]
©- - 18 november 2020 - 15:55:41 - thread Economy (323 words)


Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - The Libyan air transport company made its first flight on Monday from Tripoli International Airport, Maatig, to Tunis Carthage International Airport, after a break of several months due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The Libyan air transport company has scheduled three weekly flights, sources in Tunis said. The [...]
©- - 17 november 2020 - 05:36:55 - thread Economy (171 words)


Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The World Bank has approved funding of US$150 million under the Morocco Urban Transport Programme launched in 2015. This funding "aims to improve the capacity of the authorities to provide quality public transport and to support investments in local urban transport infrastructure," according to informed sources here. With [...]
©- - 05 november 2020 - 16:00:19 - thread Economy (203 words)


Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Switzerland and Togo are looking into the possibility of establishing a direct air link between their two countries, the new Swiss ambassador accredited to Togo, Philipp Stalder, told the press here this week.  Presenting his letters of credential to the Togolese authorities this week, the ambassador said [...]
©- - 22 october 2020 - 22:55:16 - thread Economy (173 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe government and an American Group, African Global Development, are putting final touches to a final agreement under which the American firm, specialized in aeronautics, will acquire the Burkinabe national airline, Air Burkina. Following this development, the Burkinabe Prime Minister, Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, on [...]
©- - 21 october 2020 - 17:25:02 - thread Economy (438 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Emirates has resumed weekly flights to Entebbe and Muscat, the airline announced on Friday. In a press statement in Nairobi the airline said the weekly flights to Muscat resumed on 2 October, while services to Entebbe, Uganda, resumed on 1 October. Emirates, whose hub is in Dubai, says [...]
©- - 02 october 2020 - 11:16:20 - thread Economy (108 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania has lifted the suspension of all Kenyan flights into the country with immediate effect. The move follows Kenya’s decision to remove the requirement of 14 days mandatory quarantine for all arriving passengers from Tanzania. “In view of that, on a reciprocal basis, the United Republic [...]
©- - 16 september 2020 - 14:52:59 - thread Economy (337 words)


Botswana, Gaborone (PANA) - Botswana data authority’s latest report on transport and infrastructure has indicated that aircraft movements in the first quarter recorded a declined compared to the last quarter of 2019. Statistics Botswana (SB) on Thursday said aircraft movements went down by 38.9 percent when compared to the last quarter [...]
©- - 10 september 2020 - 12:19:23 - thread Economy (355 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - ,Kenya Airways Friday reported a $13.6 million loss in the first half of 2020, the airline said while releasing its half-year results. The company’s Chief Financial Officer, Hellen Mwariri, pegged the losses on reduced passenger traffic the airline had witnessed since the outbreak of the coronaviru s [...]
©- - 28 august 2020 - 20:56:53 - thread Economy (375 words)


Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's Public Transport Authority has announced the installation of tracking devices, called "Global Positioning System (GPS)", on 1,000 buses, with the intention of equipping 1,000 more buses with the system. In a statement posted on Cairo governorate’s official Facebook page on Thursday, the head of the Public [...]
©- - 23 august 2020 - 06:22:56 - thread Economy (474 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways will go ahead with its plans to lay off 590 employees in the second phase of the exercise to downsize, Group Managing Director CEO Allan Kilavuka has said. The loss-making airline, in which the government has majority shares, plans the layoff despite questions over its [...]
©- - 21 august 2020 - 09:21:08 - thread Economy (333 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An inquiry has been launched into last week's plane crash that left four people dead in South Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to official reports from Congolese aviation authorities obtained on Monday by PANA in Kigali. According to details, the plane belonging [...]
©- - 17 august 2020 - 14:23:21 - thread Economy (167 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The CEO of the Tunisian Railway Company, Chehab Ben Ahmed, has described the situation facing the company as critical and in need of urgent state intervention. At a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Ahmed warned that "the company will not be able to continue operating for more [...]
©- - 13 august 2020 - 15:05:49 - thread Economy (272 words)


Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togolese will reopen Lomé International Airport on Saturday, official sources in Lomé told PANA on Friday. The opening, which follows several airport and health security measures as well as discussions with the actors in the air transport sector, will still be under several precautions due to the coronavirus [...]
©- - 31 july 2020 - 16:07:43 - thread Economy (327 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier RwandAir is set to resume its international commercial flights on Saturday to seven African destinations and Dubai, UAE the airline said in a report obtained on Wednesday by PANA in Kigali Rwanda closed its borders on 20 March due to the coronavirus. The African cities [...]
©- - 29 july 2020 - 13:50:51 - thread Economy (187 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Passenger trains of the Congo-Ocean Railway (CFCO), which had been stopped for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, resumed services on Tuesday, PANA reported. The first passenger train, consisting of seven 80-seater wagons, left Pointe-Noire Central Station for Mbinda, in the Niari Department (South). According to the [...]
©- - 15 july 2020 - 16:41:22 - thread Economy (179 words)


Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo is preparing to reopen its air space to traffic, suspended for more than three months due to coronavirus, PANA learned in Lomé following several consultations between stakeholders in the aviation sector. Since last week, the authorities in charge of air transportation as well as the supervisory [...]
©- - 02 july 2020 - 14:59:28 - thread Economy (333 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Air traffic has fallen by 98 percent in Congo due to the health crisis and border closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Congolese public radio reported on Monday. The announcement was made by the Director-General of the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), Florent Serge Ndzota, following a [...]
©- - 29 june 2020 - 17:28:01 - thread Economy (110 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese Senators gathered in a plenary session on Friday in Brazzaville, adopted four bills relating to air transport between Congo, Belgium, Gabon, China and Niger. The law authorizes ratification of the agreements between the governments of Congo, Belgium, Gabon, China and Niger signed respectively, on June 9 [...]
©- - 27 june 2020 - 16:29:12 - thread Economy (198 words)


Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian flag carrier, Air Mauritius, plans to resume its flights, which were suspended on 29 March due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions imposed around the world, on 1 September. In a statement Air Mauritius said flights to repatriate citizens stranded abroad and commercial cargo flights [...]
©- - 18 june 2020 - 09:11:38 - thread Economy (96 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA)  – The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have called on governments to work together to facilitate crew changeover and remove unnecessary regulatory obstacles to maritime transport during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The world’s reliance on maritime transport [...]
©- - 10 june 2020 - 12:31:35 - thread Economy (620 words)


Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt is considering a ‘gradual resumption’ of international flights in the second half of June or first half of July, Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said. Saad said in a press statement in Cairo, Egypt, that the Cabinet’s coronavirus crisis committee will hold a meeting next week on [...]
©- - 31 may 2020 - 17:56:00 - thread Economy (495 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - River transport on the Brazzaville corridor in Congo and Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR), vital for trade between countries, is expected to resume from 10 June, the coordinator of the Economic Interest Group and the Joint Waterway Maintenance Service (GIE-SCEVN), Alexis Dekoïsset, announced in the [...]
©- - 27 may 2020 - 11:45:35 - thread Economy (489 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic cannot be a return to business as usual. It must be an opportunity to push the advancement of the sustainable development agenda, says a new report released on Tuesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The study suggests that a [...]
©- - 19 may 2020 - 12:59:37 - thread Economy (565 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Faced for several years with acute financial difficulties due, in particular, to a plethora of employees and an aging fleet, Tunisair is now going through an unprecedented crisis, jeopardising its survival. The closure of airspace due to the coronavirus epidemic has worsened the situation, so much so [...]
©- - 16 may 2020 - 12:11:41 - thread Economy (478 words)


Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Domestic flights have resumed in Ghana as the country slowly eases some restrictions imposed to contain the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The local media reported that the first domestic flights took off on Sunday after the Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi airports were disinfected last week. The reports said [...]
©- - 04 may 2020 - 07:38:14 - thread Economy (396 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian flag carrier, TunisAir, has temporarily reduced by 50% salaries of its employees overseas. The airline said on Tuesday that it is taking the action to intervene in the context of a heavily affected aviation sector and is part of the desire to lighten the financial burdens [...]
©- - 29 april 2020 - 17:50:26 - thread Economy (206 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A ship carrying about 300 containers left the port of Sfax in southern Tunisia on Saturday, heading for the port of Tripoli in Libya, the Tunisian Ministry of Transport and Logistics announced. The ship, which will make the journey in 24 hours, will be back in Sfax [...]
©- - 26 april 2020 - 11:38:32 - thread Economy (181 words)


Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian national aviation company, Air Mauritius, has been placed under voluntary administration, “because of recent developments worldwide relating to the COVID-19 crisis”, according to the Company Secretary, Roodesh Muttylall. In a communique issued on Wednesday evening, Air Mauritius said that travel restrictions and the closure of [...]
©- - 23 april 2020 - 07:33:38 - thread Economy (185 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir, has suspended all flights to Mumbai, India, after the Indian authorities announced new measures to close the border and all consular services for about a month over coronavirus concerns, Rwanda public television  reported on Friday. The Indian government on Wednesday suspended “all existing [...]
©- - 13 march 2020 - 12:33:50 - thread Economy (165 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A memorandum of understanding has been signed in Brazzaville between the Congolese government and the Danish company, JGH Marine, for the rehabilitation of navigation units of Congolese River Transport Company (Socotraf) and the construction of a shipyard in Congo.   The text was initialled by the Minister of [...]
©- - 08 march 2020 - 12:44:00 - thread Economy (473 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Built at a cost of 38 billion CFAF, co-financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Congo (10%), Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso on Friday in Souanké, some 900 kilometers northwest of Brazzaville, inaugurated the section of the 143-kilometre-long Sembe-Souanke-Ntam road linking Congo and Cameroon. Congolese public [...]
©- - 07 march 2020 - 05:42:59 - thread Economy (251 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Flights by the various Libyan airlines were diverted from Maitigua airport in the eastern suburbs of Tripoli on Wednesday, the target of near-daily shelling, to Misrata airport, 220 km east of Tripoli, the airport management has announced. Two airlines - Afriqiyah Airways and Al Buraq - decided [...]
©- - 04 march 2020 - 11:19:18 - thread Economy (226 words)


  Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Ministry of Land Transport and Light Rail will, in collaboration with the University of Mauritius, set up a National Road Safety Observatory to serve as a centre of excellence for road safety in Mauritius, PANA learnt Tuesday from the Government Information Services (GIS).   The GIS [...]
©- - 18 february 2020 - 13:23:35 - thread Economy (227 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali wants to launch a new airline before late March , the Director-General of the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), Oumar Mamadou Ba announced on the sidelines of the 26th session of the Board of Directors of the organization held in Bamako. "We are looking ahead to [...]
©- - 17 february 2020 - 11:15:40 - thread Economy (135 words)


Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - After the fourth train derailment last weekend on the only railway linking Libreville to Franceville in southeast Gabon, the Gabonese government and its partner, Setrag, have agreed to rehabilitate the frequently used railroad. Transport minister Léon Armel Bounda Balonzi met with officials of Setrag to find solutions [...]
©- - 15 february 2020 - 16:19:43 - thread Economy (254 words)


Cotonou, Benin(PANA) - Air transport in Africa contributes more than US$50 billion to GDP, the  African Airlines  Association (AFRAA) said in a statement sent to PANA on Saturday. "Air transport in Africa currently supports 6.2 million jobs, contributes US$55.8 billion to GDP and is expected to grow at an annual rate [...]
©- - 15 february 2020 - 11:07:43 - thread Economy (378 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)  - Tunisia and Rwanda have signed a deal on air services to allow for the free movement of people between their countries, the Tunisian ministry of foreign affairs said here Friday in a statement. The agreement was signed by Tunisian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Sabri Bachtobji, [...]
©- - 14 february 2020 - 22:17:55 - thread Economy (165 words)


Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde's airports handled nearly 2.8 million passengers in 2019, a new historical record for air traffic in Cape Verde, PANA learned on Wednesday from an official source. According to information from a bulletin published by the National Airports and Air Safety Company (ASA), the increase [...]
©- - 13 february 2020 - 17:10:44 - thread Economy (481 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Virgin Atlantic Airline on Wednesday announced that it is launching a daily London to Cape Town service. The airline's chief commercial officer, Juha Jarvinen, said the service would start on 25 October and use a 264-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The new route will complement the [...]
©- - 12 february 2020 - 16:59:24 - thread Economy (193 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Zinder airport, located 900 km east of Niamey, on Tuesday became part of the group members of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar, ASECNA, the agency's director-general Mr Mohamed Moussa said. Speaking to journalists after an audience with Nigerien Prime Minister [...]
©- - 11 february 2020 - 15:18:02 - thread Economy (166 words)