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African single air transport market to launch in 2018

Over 40 countries are expected to comprise an African single air transport market when it rolls out next year. So far, 20 African nations out of the 55 have committed themselves to joining the African single market, said David Kajange, Head of Transport and Tourism Division, of the Department of Infrastructure and Energy at African Union (AU). A single air transport market is one of the objectives of AU’s Agenda …

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Ghana mulling awarding 9th Freedom rights to Nigeria

The administration of Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has bared plans to liberalize its Freedoms of the Air some more as it aims to expand the country’s position as a key aviation hub in West Africa. While it already offers 5th Freedom traffic rights to numerous foreign carriers through Accra Kotka International Airport, Deputy Minister of Aviation Kwabena Okyere Darko divulged plans to earmark full-cabotage or 9th Freedom (defined as the …

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ICAO President says aviation industry key to Africa’s development

The Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu has said that the key to the socio-economic development of the African continent, lays in the aviation industry. Aliu said “no continent, no country can develop without civil aviation” in a press conference at the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. He said ICAO focuses on aiding the development of aviation in the continent and to also have …

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Efforts must be “re-doubled” to promote South Africa as tourism and trade hub – IATA

IATA Regional Vice President for the Middle East & Africa Muhammad Ali Albakri has prescribed the “re-doubling” of efforts to promote South Africa as both a tourist and trade destination. The IATA official’s sentiments come on the heels of an IATA study that emphasized the incredible value of the air transport industry in helping South Africa prosper. Aviation supports some 490,000 jobs in the country, including tourism-related jobs. Affordable, safe …

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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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Zambia nominated for recognition of excellence in safety and security

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has nominated Zambia for recognition of excellence in safety and security performance in the civil aviation industry. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will accept the award on behalf of the country this September in Montreal, Canada. CAA Director Gabriel Lesa said Zambia is proud to be among the few on the planet to have been nominated for such a prestigious honor after having performed …

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Zambia and Rwanda sign agreement for cooperation in the air services industry

Zambia and Rwanda recently penned three agreements that would enhance cooperation. The development came to be after discussions held by leaders of the two countries – visiting Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Zambia counterpart Edgar Lungu at the Zambian capital of Lusaka. One of the agreements was geared towards cooperation in the air services industry. The others were for defense and security as well as extradition. The Zambian President …

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Kenya Civil Aviation Authority proposes compensation bill

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has proposed a bill that can give passengers just compensation in the event of a cancelled flight. If ratified, an airline which cancels a flight less than seven days to the date of travel will be obliged to find an alternative flight besides taking care of travellers’ expenses. In the case of delays, the carrier would be required to compensate the traveller a rate of …

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IATA asks Kenyan government to adopt better policies to help aviation sector

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged Kenya’s government to help its aviation sector grow by abolishing red tape and heavy fees. IATA Regional Vice President for the Middle East and Africa Muhammad Ali Albakri counseled that the key to this was for Kenya to adopt favorable air transport policies. “By adopting policies that ensure a competitive operating environment for the airlines, Kenya could reap even greater dividends from …

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Nigeria’s Acting President pledges to address issues plaguing aviation sector

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has vowed to address the issues that are keeping the country’s aviation sector from growth and development. Osinbajo made the vow in a meeting with a delegation of Airline Chief Executives of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) in his office in Abuja over the weekend. The challenges that were identified include insufficient supply and high prices of aviation fuel, difficulty in accessing forex, non-establishment …

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