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Kenya Airways begins process of operating direct flights to New York

Kenya Airways has begun the process of operating direct flights to New York, which would officially start on October 28. Kenya Airways Group Managing Director, Sebastian Mikosz, revealed that they would start selling tickets for the historic first flight on Thursday. “This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored …

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East African Business Council pushes for hasty airspace liberalization

The East African Business Council (EABC) urged the East African Community (EAC) to quicken the process of airspace liberalization in the hopes of lessening the price of doing business in that sector. Acting Council Chairman Jim Kabeho also requested Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi to finalize EAC air transport rules so that the trading bloc can benefit from it already. “It is important for the EAC partner states to …

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COMESA representatives converge to discuss plans for liberalization of air travel

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) representatives are meeting in the Rwandan capital of Kigali to discuss viable options to liberalize air travel on the continent. Rwanda’s Minister of State in Charge of Transport, Dr. Alex Nzahabwanimana, asked the delegates to prioritize the banishment of trade barriers. “Our Heads of State expressed their political commitment to liberalize our skies because they know the benefits it would bring to …

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Open skies agreement could lower airfares for flights between East African countries

The classification of flights between East African countries as domestic travel is set to help lower the price of air fare and boost the number of passengers, should an agreement between regional aviation regulators be settled. The pending change will see the price of air tickets go down by up to 12% across the region, with domestic flyers charged a service fee of $5, compared to the $50 paid by …

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COMESA to unveil open skies concept next year

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) announced that they would be introducing the open skies concept next year. The COMESA is a regional bloc composed of 19 countries. It has been hard at work, formulating a framework that seeks to free up aviation space and harmonize aviation laws. Once applied, uniform aviation regulations across the bloc is expected to lessen operation expenses for carriers. 11 of the …

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Open Skies Policy key to unlocking economic growth in East African region

Nearly 50,000 jobs and over $200 million could be added to the region’s growth domestic product (GDP) per annum if East African Community (EAC) member countries adopt the open sky policy, says a study. The study by the East African Business Council (EABC) approximates that liberalization of the airspace between the six EAC countries could result in an additional 46,320 jobs and $202.1 million per annum in GDP. Evidence suggests that …

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Study reveals that regulatory fees keep East Africa airfares high

Regulatory charges have pushed up ticket prices, which lead to slow rates of air travel in East Africa despite over a decade of liberalization in the aviation sector. These were the findings of a study that was commissioned by the East African Business Council. Regulatory charges alone are responsible for up to 24% of air fares in Kenya where airlines have to pay $50 (Sh5,150) as departure tax in addition …

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