Tag: Africa

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 […]

South Supreme AN-26 Crashes at Wau, South Sudan

As many as 44 people are feared dead after a plane crash landed and split into pieces at an airport in South Sudan. UPDATE: All 45 occupants were rescued alive, 17 or 18 have been taken to local hospitals with injuries. Passengers were pulled from the burning wreckage after the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines […]

CEO of Kenya’s Baracuda Airways Arrested For Fraud

The Chief Executive Officer of Kenyan start-up Baracuda Airways has been arrested on allegations of fraud, reports ch-aviation. John Majiwa was tracked down and taken into custody this past weekend and has been charged with scamming more than forty investors out of KES200 million (USD1.9 million), according to Kenyan newspaper The Star. The Kenyan Flying […]

African Airlines Had Their Best Growth Performance In 2016

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.3% compared to 2015 (or 6.0% if adjusted for the leap year). This strong performance was well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity rose 6.2% (unadjusted) compared to […]

South African Airways Warns of Ticket Scam

South African Airways (SAA) is warning its customers of a hoax survey prevalent on social media suggesting SAA is offering free tickets to fly anywhere. “SAA is neither conducting an online survey nor offering free flight tickets. We have no association whatsoever with this so-called survey. Free flight tickets are a luxury we cannot afford […]