Tag: Africa

Africa’s Busiest Passenger Air Routes Revealed

The 10 busiest passenger air routes in Africa have been revealed in a new study conducted by Routes. The research has found that the South African domestic flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is the busiest on the continent. More than 4.7 million passengers flew the 1,292 km between the two […]

Why Drone Use is Different in Africa

The African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is interesting in comparison to other regions of the world, with less dominance on the military use of such technologies and more emphasis on the humanitarian benefits. Beth Stevenson reports. A UAV can be used to deliver aid or samples for testing, watch for wildlife poachers, and provide […]

African Airlines Continue See Very Strong Demand

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for March 2018 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 9.5%, compared to the same month a year ago, the fastest pace in 12 months. Capacity (available seat kilometers, or ASKs) grew 6.4% and load factor climbed 2.3 percentage points […]

Ethiopian Airlines Signs Purchase Agreement for 10 firm Q400 Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has concluded a firm order for 10 new Q400 aircraft with Ethiopian Airlines. The order also includes purchase rights for five additional Q400 aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $332 million U.S. “The Bombardier turboprops continue to […]

Air Travel to The Middle East and Africa Soars

Analysis by ForwardKeys, the company that helps forecast future travel by analysing around 17 million flight booking transactions a day, reveals that flight bookings for travel to the Middle East and Africa grew by 10.5% in 2017 and that growth is set to continue in the first quarter of 2018, as bookings are currently 11.2% […]

African Open Skies to Become Effective Jan. 28

The long-awaited opening of the intra-African air transport market is slated to become a reality on Jan. 28, when the African Union (AU) signs off the final rule-making after a renewed push for liberalization. The single African air transport market (SAATM) was meant to happen nearly two decades ago, following the adoption of the 1999 […]

Air Senegal Set to Relaunch National Airline

The reinstatement of a national airline is part of the Senegal Government’s ‘Plan Emergent Senegal’ (PSE) and is keenly supported by the country’s president, Macky Sall, along with the Senegalese Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, Maimouna Ndoye Seck. The new airline will start operations in December, when the new Blaise Diagne International Airport in […]

Starbow Airlines ATR-72 Suffers a Runway Excursion During Take-off

Starbow Airlines ATR-72-212A, performing flight from Accra to Kumasi (Ghana) with 63 passengers and 5 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Accra when the aircraft veered left off the runway and entangled with the perimeter fence. One passenger received minor injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The airport reported flight S9-104 from Accra’s Kokota Airport […]

Middle Eastern Carriers Flock To Africa To Boost Profits

In five years, Turkish Airlines has nearly tripled the number of destinations it flies to in Africa. But the ‘Eurasian’ carrier, operating out of Istanbul on the edge of the Middle East, isn’t the only carrier in the region looking to find gold on the continent. By the end of October, Flydubai, will operate 14 […]

No Single Airline Accident In Africa Last Year

For the first time in a decade, Africa did not record any airline accident last year. Globally, 65 accidents with 268 fatalities were recorded last year, but sub-Saharan Africa’s zero passenger fatalities and jet hull losses were its best performance in a decade, thanks to safety regulations the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is pushing. […]