Tag: Africa

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. […]

Smoke On Board Of Thomas Cook B753 Prompts Evacuation Before Departure

A Thomas Cook Boeing 757-300 with 251 passengers and 9 crew was about to depart from Hurghada when smoke appeared in the cabin prompting the flight crew to initiate an evacuation via slides onto the runway. A number of people received injuries as result of the evacuation. The airline reported all 251 customers and 9 […]

Resurging African Economies See Etihad Boost Capacity

Etihad has announced it will add seven flights per week to both Cairo, Egypt, and Lagos, Nigeria, on the back of growing numbers of tourists from the continent. “Cairo is the largest point to point market from Abu Dhabi enjoying an increase in tourist traffic to Egypt,” says Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice […]

Air Zimbabwe Cuts Half Its Workforce

Air Zimbabwe, the national carrier of the southern African nation, has reportedly made almost half of its 400-plus staff redundant as it battles chronic financial problems. The Zimbabwe flag carrier has been in a perilous position for years, with debts estimated at $330 million. Its fleet has shrunk to just a few aircraft. The Harare-headquartered […]

Kenya Unveils New International Airport

Isiolo International Airport was declared ready for business in February following a $270 million upgrade. It is one of the key ‘Vision 2030’ infrastructure projects under the Kenyan transport pillar, in which the resort town of Isiolo becomes the centre of the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPPSET). The LAPPSET project includes a […]