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African airlines lose $800m due to airspace regulations

The regulation of Africa’s skies has come at a steep cost for local airline carriers, with aviation experts reporting an estimated loss of $800 million in 2016. Similar results are to be expected for this year if liberalization of the African skies remain unavailable. Dr. Elijah Chingosho, the Secretary General of African Airlines Association, said that this issue is a pressing matter that is limiting growth to African airlines. In …

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Rwandan President Urges Africa to Open its Skies

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has urged African countries to open skies and work together to promote aviation transport in order to boost commercial ties with countries across the African continent. “When our skies are closed it is harder to make air transport safer, more reliable and more affordable. The growth of business will depend on vibrant aviation,” Kagame said as he opened the Aviation Africa Conference in the Rwandan capital …

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Aviation expert calls on African governments to form airline alliances

Alliances between African governments will go a long way towards the formation of a stronger, more prosperous aviation sector in the region. This was the case that experts at the Aviation Africa 2017 forum in Kigali submitted, saying that most African airline carriers were not strong enough to maintain a viable aviation industry on their own. Abdullah M. Al-Sayed, Founder and Chairman of the international aviation firm, Nexus Flight Operations …

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Kenyan government sets out to protect national carrier

The Kenyan government has delayed the issuance of licenses to 35 airlines, which wanted to increase their number of flights to the capital, in an effort to aid the country’s national carrier, Kenya Airways. The government also withdrew the license it had granted to Emirates, which granted it permission to increase its weekly flights on the Dubai Int’l-Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta route to 21. The preferential treatment given to Kenya Airways …

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India, Rwanda Sign Three MoUs To Boost Bilateral Relations

Bilateral relations between India and Rwanda are set to get a huge boost after the two countries signed three Memorandums of Understanding. The landmark agreements were inked in the presence of India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari and Rwandan Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi.  The three agreements signed between the two nations, includes: Establishment of a bilateral air services agreement An agreement for exemption of visa requirements for diplomatic and service passports …

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African economies urged to improve aviation infrastructure

Aviation experts have urged African countries to turn their focus on enhancing airport facilities through improved infrastructure, regulations and air traffic management, to help support the rapid growth of the continent’s aviation market. Speaking on the 5th Annual Africa Expansion Summit in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, Johann Frank, Managing Director of Airport Consulting Vienna, said that renewed interest in investing in Africa by foreign companies and improved tourism, have …

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South Africa vows to improve aviation safety

South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy with an eye on improving aviation safety in the country. “The White Paper on National Civil Aviation Policy, which promotes and enhances civil aviation safety, security and environmental compliance, was approved. It also promotes the national interest of South Africa and facilitates the expansion of trade and tourism,” said the Cabinet in a statement. In addition, the …

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Botswana adopts open skies policy

In an effort to boost air travel to the country, Botswana announced it has adopted an open skies policy. The country’s Transport and Communications Minister Kitso Mokaila said that it liberalized its skies back in November of 2016 in order to encourage more airlines to fly into the country. Mokaila has told Parliament that the said policy was meant to attract foreign airline carriers to operate scheduled flights to the …

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IATA targeting a unified African sky

Is the unification of Africa’s airspace a mere pipe dream, or a legitimate and tangible goal? Lindi-Lee Kirkman, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) manager for safety and flight operations in Africa, says that the concept is not new as this has been, or is being implemented in various corners of the world. The most prominent of these is the European single sky, where the airspace of different states is …

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Rwanda, Mali, agree to open skies agreement

RwandAir is set to soar higher and further into West Africa after Republic of Rwanda signed a new air services agreement with Mali, which will allow it to carry passengers and cargo from Kigali to Bamako and beyond with full uplift rights. Rwanda’s State Minister for Transport, Dr. Alexis Nzahabwanimana, and his Malian counterpart, the Minister of Equipment, Transport and Infrastructure, Mrs. Seynabou Diop Traoré, signed the said agreement, which …

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