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Nigerian Airspace Management Agency vows to improve safety profile of nation’s airspace

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Fola Akinkuotu, has pledged to airlines and other users of Nigerian airspace that his agency is hard at work in developing the safety profile of Nigerian aviation. With a year of also being the agency’s Chief Executive apart from being Managing Director, under his belt, Akinkuotu said that his administration is keen on continuing to propel the agency to “provide our …

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Kenya risks getting blacklisted over blatant disregard of cargo freight regulations

With the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) set to arrive in July for an audit, Kenya runs the risk of getting placed in the blacklist for flouting cargo carriage regulations. A week after a report came out that put the spotlight on how aircraft operators at Wilson and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport flout cargo carriage rules, nothing much has really changed with business being run as usual. To make …

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Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority threatens to shut down airports that do not meet regulatory standards

Airports in the African state of Nigeria that do not meet the regulatory standards that have been set would be shut down. This was the bold warning issued by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman, who said that all airports, whether they are federal or owned by the state, must comply with the given standards set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR)). Usman …

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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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Kenya: Tourism stakeholders call for faster adoption of open skies policy

Hoteliers in the region are calling for the open skies policy to be adopted more quickly. The urgent call comes a few weeks before the launching of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) on January 28 at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The implementation of the SAATM is being welcomed by air travellers as it is expected to lower to cost of air travel on the …

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Kenya aviation regulator warns airlines of license revocation if they continue to disregard cargo regulations

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCA) has issued a dire warning to airlines flying domestic and international flights, that their licenses would be revoked if they keep on disregarding cargo regulations. KCA Director General, Macharia Kibe, said in a letter addressed to carriers that it is an offense to use passenger flights to carry cargo. In the same breath, airlines are also prohibited from using cargo aircraft to carry passengers …

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Malawi Airlines welcomes move by African Union to liberalize air market

Malawi Airlines, through its publicist, Joseph Josiah, has said that the biggest winners of the African Union’s (AU) move to liberalize the air transport markets are the customers. The AU is set to liberalize and unite the African air transport markets by the end of the month. This can ease flight connections between member states. This would also allow carriers from other countries to operate in other members’ countries without …

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IATA says aviation safety in Africa is improving

The past five years has seen huge strides in the improvement of aviation safety in Africa. This was the assessment of International Air Transport Association (IATA) Senior Vice President of Safety and Flight Operations, Gilberto López Meyer. In a report, López Meyer stressed that commercial air travel remains to be the safest kind of long distance transformation. Research conducted by IATA has uncovered that the overall trend in global air …

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Single African Air Transport Market to be launched during African Union Summit

African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has declared 2018 to be the year of open skies in aviation. Mahamat emphasized his bold statement some more by confirming that the Single African Air Transport Market – an Agenda 2063 flagship project – would be launched on the margins of the African Union Summit. The event is being held on January 25 to the 28th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This …

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Bilateral negotiations key to resolving Africa’s aviation problems, says Ethiopian Airlines Official

Esayas WoldeMariam Hailu, Managing Director of Ethiopian Airlines’ International Services, stressed that bilateral negotiations might hold the key to resolving Africa’s low air traffic and open skies difficulties. Hailu bemoaned that some African states felt more inclined giving free skies to foreign carriers than to those within the continent. Speaking at the airlines’ head office situated in Addis Ababa, he stated that it was appalling that together, all African airlines …

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