Ibom Air, Dana to pioneer domestic interline agreement in May

Ibom Air, Dana to pioneer domestic interline agreement in May

Experts x-ray Nigeria’s aviation challenges   Nigeria is making a break-through in what is expected to be the first interline/codeshare deal between domestic airlines in Nigeria as fast growing Ibom Air has concluded plans to unveil the new partnership with an un-named carrier next month. There are indications that the deal is with Dana Air The idea for domestic airline interline had been on the table for close to 20 years without any appreciable progress….

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Mango Resumes Flights as Feud With South Africa Airports Ends

Mango Resumes Flights as Feud With South Africa Airports Ends

Mango Airlines, the low cost arm of state-owned South African Airways, was cleared to resume flying after resolving a dispute with the country’s airports operator over non-payment of fees. The carrier agreed with Airports Company South Africa to make a part-payment on what it owes and commit to ways to settle the remaining debt, according to a statement from ACSA on Wednesday. All Mango flights had been suspended earlier after it was blocked from using the…

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Ethiopian Airlines close to flight resumption to Enugu airport

Ethiopian Airlines close to flight resumption to Enugu airport

Willing to assist FG set up national carrier Africa’s most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines has concluded plans to resume international flight operations to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, (AIIA) Enugu as soon the Federal Government gives the go ahead for international flights into the airport. Ethiopian Airline’s Traffic and Sales Manager, Senait  Ataklet who led the airlines’ team  on a courtesy visit to the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation,  Nnolim Nnaji in his…

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Chaos looms as FAAN ends 10-year SITA automation deal

Chaos looms as FAAN ends 10-year SITA automation deal

  Airlines, agency met to avoid travel dislocation IATA writes agency   The ten year agreement that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) penned with Societe International Telecommunication Aeronautiques (SITA) for automation of the international airports in Nigeria would come to an end on May 2, 2021. This could throw international air travel from the four major airports across Nigeria into chaos as the new firm Arlington and by extension, FAAN are said to be struggling…

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Clear Cut Implementation Stalls Africa’s Air Freedom

Clear Cut Implementation Stalls Africa’s Air Freedom

Experts are of the opinion that African ‘Open Skies’ could be the solution to many issues confronting airlines in the region. At the core of this is a lack of suitable gradual implementation framework to harmonise differences between airlines and provide a level playing field for the future, writes WOLE SHADARE Overview Although it is still going at snail speed, not a few believe that the full implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market…

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Air Cairo receives first Airbus A320 neo

Air Cairo receives first Airbus A320 neo

Air Cairo, Egypt’s low-fare airline, has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft. The new aircraft will join Air Cairo’s all Airbus fleet of seven aircraft.  The aircraft is on lease from ICBC Leasing and is equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines.  With improved levels of efficiency, the new aircraft will be deployed on Air Cairo’s regional and international network to serve countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – demonstrating the operational flexibility of…

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Airlines Back WHO’s Recommendations On International Travel

Airlines Back WHO’s Recommendations On International Travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged states to comply with recommendations on international travel from the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on testing and risk management during the COVID-19 pandemic.   In particular, IATA highlighted the following recommendations for states: “Do not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.”  IATA believes that the freedom to travel across borders should not be limited to those who are able…

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NAMA Trains, Certifies 24 New Air Traffic Controllers

NAMA Trains, Certifies 24 New Air Traffic Controllers

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has obtained licenses for 24 newly recruited air traffic control officers from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) after successfully undergoing the necessary training and examination on Aerodrome and Approach Control. The new air traffic controllers are currently being posted to strategic aerodromes in the country according to their need. In the same vein the agency has also re-certified a total of 30 air traffic controllers in different categories…

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Ethiopian Opens High Speed Precision COVID-19 Testing Lab at Addis Ababa Airport

Ethiopian Opens High Speed Precision COVID-19 Testing Lab at Addis Ababa Airport

With the growing demand for travel pass and other measures to improve the safety of travellers Ethiopian Airlines has installed Rapid Testing Devices at its hub. This enables transit passengers to test and get the result before they get on their flights. The airline has joined hands with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China’s biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co., Ltd, to launch high-end COVID-19 testing laboratory at its main hub and the continent’s…

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Green Africa inches close to operations, acquires third aircraft from ACIA AeroLeasing

Green Africa inches close to operations, acquires third aircraft from ACIA AeroLeasing

First aircraft arrives in Lagos Set for demonstration flights   To show its seriousness to begin operations, the much awaited, Nigeria’s Lagos-based value airline, Green Africa has taken delivery of its first ATR72-600 aircraft. The airplane arrived Lagos.  The airline in a statement by its Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications, Oyinade Osobajo said this is the first of the three aircraft currently leased from ACIA Aero Leasing. The airline recently unveiled the livery of two…

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