Aviation

January 18, 2017

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International aviation meet begins Thursday to discuss proposal for more air routes over Arabian Sea

Two years ago when war broke out in Yemen, its effect was felt at the Mumbai air traffic control where the workload went up as flights from Europe to South Africa were re-routed through the Indian airspace. To prepare the air traffic management authorities for such contingencies brought on by war or natural calamities, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations agency, has convened a two-day meeting in Mumbai this week.

The two-day "air traffic management special co-ordination meeting", which begins on Thursday, will be attended"......

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January 16, 2017

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Ghana to open new domestic airports at Ho and Wa

Two new domestic airports are set to open in Ghana, as part of the government's plan to ensure each of the country's ten regions has an airport. Ho Airport, in the Volta Region of Ghana's south east, is a brand new facility, while Wa, in the Upper West Region, has undergone extensive renovations.

Work on the USD25 million Ho Airport commenced in September 2015 and, when completed,it will have a runway of 1900 metres and a terminal building capable of handling 150,000 passengers a year.

The facilities at Wa airport have undergone rehabilitation, with the addition of a terminal...

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January 15, 2017

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Nigerian Senate reviews Implications of Abuja Airport Closure

The Nigerian senate has invited stakeholders to review the implications for the proposed six weeks closure of the Abuja International Airport to effect long-overdue repairs on its runway on Tuesday January 17, 2017.

The proposed repair work on the runway of Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Abuja will gulp N5.8billion as against N1.2billion earmarked in 2015 budget.

Nigeria’s"...

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January 14, 2017

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Ethiopian Airlines adds a new destination

Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, will add Antananarivo, Madagascar to its 95 networks of worldwide destinations by March 28, 2017.

A statement issued in Accra by Mrs Hanna Atnafu, Manager Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines, said Antananarivo was the capital and the largest city of Madagascar.

It said the island nation was known as a “biodiversity"...

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January 12, 2017

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Kenya Airways falls in global airline ratings on punctuality

Kenya Airways has lost ground in international ratings on punctuality, emerging sixth in the Middle East and Africa region last year.

FlightStats, an international aviation insights company, says the national carrier arrived punctually"......

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January 11, 2017

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CEOs Sacked In Aviation Sector

Four heads of parastatal agencies and college in the Nigeria’s aviation industry have been sacked, a government statement said on Monday.

Those relieved of their jobs are the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr Emma Anasi, and the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Dr Anthony Anuforom.

Others are the Rector"......

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January 9, 2017

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Ethiopian sets yet another year of growth milestones

Africa’s largest Airline Group, Ethiopian Airlines, announced that it has ended yet another year of fast and profitable growth in 2016, highlighted by fleet and network expansion as well as significant investment in customer services in the air and on the ground.

Recapping the Airline’s"...

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January 7, 2017

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Algerian Su-30MKA deliveries underway

The Algerian Air Force is in the process of receiving its new Su-30MKAs, with deliveries of 14 aircraft set to conclude early this year.

An Algerian Su-30MKA was seen in Algerian colours undergoing flight testing over Irkut in December – unpainted examples destined for Algeria have been seen flying from November.

The first two aircraft were apparently delivered by an An-124 operated by Volga-Dnepr in mid-December and unconfirmed reports indicate that eight of the Su-30MKAs had been delivered by the end of the month.

The order for the 14 additional jets was announced...

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January 7, 2017

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Africa’s Solenta Aviation acquires 28% of fastjet

Johannesburg-based Solenta Aviation Holdings is to acquire 28% of African low-cost carrier (LCC) fastjet as part of a $48 million equity deal, which is expected to be finalized Jan. 24.

Under the agreement, which is subject to fastjet shareholder approval Jan. 23, Solenta will receive 95.6 million fastjet shares, worth $19.2 million, and two board nominations. In return, Solenta will provide fastjet with three wet-leased aircraft and other services"...

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January 5, 2017

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Flights in South Africa could get cheaper in 2017

ACSA is in the process of approving a 35.5% decrease to airport charges in the 2017/2018 season, according to a recent announcement made to shareholders.

If approved, the large decrease could be applied to the charges that make up a significant portion of the total cost to fly in South Africa.

Airport charges are an additional (and sometimes overlooked)"...

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