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Nigeria: Federal Government to take a look at high taxes on airlines, says Aviation Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria has vowed to look into claims of high taxes charged against airlines operating in Nigeria. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika said that they would investigate the allegations to create a more friendly and accommodating environment in the industry. Some participants of the Forum that was held in Abuja made the Minister aware of the complaints. There were also complaints about the high …

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ICAO, African nations, adopt aviation infrastructure plan

 The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), its development partners and 54 African countries have adopted the Declaration and Plan of Action for Aviation Infrastructure Development in Africa. According to reports, the document entitled “The Abuja Declaration” was adopted during a high level meeting during the Third ICAO World Aviation Forum in Abuja. The said declaration would be sent to the Assembly of Heads of States and Government of the Member …

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IATA and African Development Bank sign MoU to bolster African aviation sector

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for collaboration to improve the aviation sector in Africa. The MoU was signed in Abuja, Nigeria, on the sidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) World Aviation Forum, which adopted the theme, “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.” The signatories of the MoU were IATA’s Director …

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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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