High costs, taxes adversely impact African airlines– IATA boss

High costs, taxes adversely impact African airlines– IATA boss

    Frenchman Alexandre de Junaic is the Director General of International Air Transport Association (IATA). He spoke to WOLE SHADARE in Geneva, Switzerland, at the just-concluded IATA Global Media Day on the sorry state of African airlines, challenges faced by the carriers and other issues drawing back aviation generally in the region. Excerpts:   Are you satisfied with Africa’s aviation infrastructure? The infrastructure is not always there – the airport and air traffic control. For me,…

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Aviation workers to down tool over trade dispute

Aviation workers to down tool over trade dispute

May embark on strike Jan. 2 Following a long ranging trade dispute between the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and two aviation unions comprising Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN ) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE ), the unions have vowed to declare a state of emergency in the agency by January 2nd next year, if their demands for staff promotion are not met. The unions disclosed their plans at…

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Four airlines fined for gross safety violation

Four airlines fined for gross safety violation

NCAA suspends license of operator for 180 days For carrying out unapproved maintenance coupled with a huge number of deficiencies among others, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wielded the big stick by sanctioning four airlines, among them a helicopter operator. Although, the NCAA declined to list the names of offenders, a source who spoke to Woleshadarenews on strict condition of anonymity said two of the biggest domestic carriers were involved in gross safety violations. Spokesman for…

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Akwa Ibom RCFI Laud Dana Air’s Efficiency, On-time Performance

Akwa Ibom RCFI Laud Dana Air’s Efficiency, On-time Performance

The Uyo chapter of the Royal Circle of Friends International has endorsed Dana Air’s efficiency and on-time performance at its Cultural and Award day held recently in Uyo.  Registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, the Royals is a social –cultural, Multilingual, and non partisan group with membership across the country and vocations.   The President of the organization, Royal Uduak Okokon JP, while presenting the certificate and award to Dana Air said, ‘as part of…

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‘Why African states frustrate Open Skies pact’

‘Why African states frustrate Open Skies pact’

The failure of the expected take-off of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is at the verge of fully taking off following the signing of the ‘Open Skies’ by 27 African states. However, the reluctance of 25 other nations to append their signatures to the air liberation deal may completely slow down the effective take-off of SAATM. The foot-dragging is not unexpected as others are undecided on what exactly they tend to gain from…

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Air Peace unveil plans for 2019, promise exceptional services in New Year

Air Peace unveil plans for 2019, promise exceptional services in New Year

  Air Peace has unveiled its plan for the aviation sector in 2019, assuring air travellers of packages including exceptional long-haul flights to Dubai, Sharjah, London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai and Johannesburg. A statement by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah quoted the carrier’s Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema as urging staff of the airline to gear up to raise the bar of flight services to the travelling public in 2019. Onyema, the…

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2018 as foundation year for aviation

2018 as foundation year for aviation

Year 2018 was a better year for the aviation sector. Though there are challenges in meeting set milestones and under-estimation of development requirement particularly with government’s ambitions in floating a national airline, which was put on hold by government in a bid to clear grey areas. WOLE SHADARE writes Year of hope Year 2018 brought hope and great expectations with steady climb of statistical records on the use of air transport service in the country….

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Air Peace decorates first ERJ 145 captain

Air Peace decorates first ERJ 145 captain

West Africa’s leading carrier, Air Peace on Monday decorated the first captain on its Embraer 145 fleet, assuring its staff that it will continue to reward excellence and hard work. Decorating Capt. Wisdom Isangadighi at Air Peace Corporate Headquarters in Lagos, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Mr. Allen Onyema said he was pleased that the carrier was fulfilling its goal of servicing unserved and underserved domestic and regional routes under its subsidiary, Air…

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Lufthansa appoints GM for Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea

Lufthansa appoints GM for Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea

Lufthansa has appointed Mrs. Adenike Macaulay as its general manager, sales. The airline said that the appointment takes effect January from 1st 2019, according to the airline. In a statement by the airline, Macaulay would oversee all the commercial and sales activities of Lufthansa Group Airlines in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. In her new appointment, Mrs. Macaulay will be based in Lagos, succeeding Mr. Robin Sohdi, who held the position since January 2016. She is…

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