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African Union Commission to inaugurate Single African Air Transport Market in January 2018

The African Union Commission (AUC) announced it would unveil the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in January of next year to develop connectivity within the continent. AUC Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, made the announcement during the opening of the Third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) World Aviation Forum (IWAF) in Abuja. The forum is working under the theme, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure’’. Mahamat was represented by Amani Abu-Zeid, …

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AFRAA and TIACA to collaborate on air cargo development in Africa

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) are working together for the development of air cargo on the African continent. The deal states the TIACA would work with the 40 members of AFRAA to improve air cargo safety and security, and urge the members to deeply accept digitization. It will also provide new training directives with the goal of supporting the rapidly developing air cargo …

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Mozambique: Rights of air passengers to soon be regulated by law

Air passengers’ rights in Mozambique may soon be regulated by law wherein airlines and customers would both be held accountable for violations to the contract entered when purchasing a ticket. The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Institute of Civil Aviation of Mozambique (IACM), João de Abreu, who explained that the regulation would cover causes of delay, lack of timely communication about changes to flights, loss of luggage …

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Ghana: Government green lights policy for the establishment of national airline

Ghana’s government has approved the policy that would establish a national carrier but the Aviation Ministry remains cautious. Sustainability and transparency are significant elements that would be taken into account in deciding on the national carrier, said the ministry. Deputy Aviation Minister, Kwabena Darko Mensah, said that the government is keenly aware of the issues that led to the collapse of Ghana Airways and will guarantee that steps would be …

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Nigeria: Experts call for increase in flight size requirement before issuance of AOC

Aviation industry experts have urged the Federal Government to enforce a law requiring domestic airlines to have a minimum fleet size of 20 aircrafts before are given an Air Operators’ Certificate. The experts said that this would bolster operations and help entice more foreign investment. The proposal was made in a communiqué that was given at the conclusion of the Aviation Roundtable. “We urgently call for regulatory consolidation process that …

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Mozambique: Minister calls for debate on elements hindering growth of domestic air travel market

Mozambican Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita called for a comprehensive debate on the factors that are holding back the growth of the domestic air travel market in spite of the measures taken by the government. Speaking in Maputo, during the opening of a meeting of the Aeronautical Council, Mesquita mentioned among those measures are the liberalization of Mozambican air space, the presence of an attractive package of civil aviation legislation, and …

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Poor intra-African air connectivity rued by aviation experts

Aviation experts raised concerns over the dismal intra-African air connectivity that has hindered the industry’s growth on the continent during the closing of the 49th Annual General Assembly and summit for African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in Kigali. Rwanda was the host of the Nov. 12-14 continental meeting, which was done under the theme “Rethinking Strategies for Airline Profitability in Africa.” The three-day meeting examined the development of air transport in …

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Aviation experts looking for smarter, more stringent aviation policies for Africa

Aviation experts from across the African continent and beyond, are looking for smarter and more stern aviation policies that would help facilitate the growth of the airline industry in the region. The delegates were part of the opening of the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) for African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and its summit at the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The AGA and the summit is the biggest air transport gathering …

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IATA points out top agenda for African aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has pinpointed five urgent areas of concern that must be addressed properly to deliver maximum economic and social benefits in Africa. These are: enhancing safety efforts, enabling airlines to improve intra-Africa connectivity, unblocking airline funds, avoiding air traffic management re-fragmentation and over-investment and ensuring that Africa has the professionals it needs to support the industry’s growth. At the moment, aviation currently backs 6.8 million …

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International aeropolitics hindering foreign route expansion plans of Nigerian airlines—Air Peace Limited Chairman

 Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema, claimed that plans of Nigerian airlines to expand their foreign routes were being undercut by international aeropolitics. Onyema made the bold statement during the formal turnover of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Membership Certificate to Air Peace by IATA’s Area Manager, South-West Africa, Samson Fatokun, in Lagos. Onyema said that it was regrettable that some European and Western countries whose carriers operate in Nigeria, …

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