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IATA urges African nations to recognize aviation’s ability to drive the economy forward

International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO and Director General Alexandre de Juniac appealed to African states to acknowledge aviation’s capacity to spark economic progress. “Africa is the region with the greatest aviation potential but punitive taxes and high infrastructure and fuel costs are curtailing air transport’s benefits on the continent,” bemoaned de Juniac. “The African aviation industry loses $1.50 for each passenger it carries, with many airlines struggling to break …

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IATA heaps praise on African Union’s campaign for open skies

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has lauded the African Union union’s initiative to open up the continent’s airspace. A deal that puts in place a single air transport market for Africa is to be given a push during the Heads of State summit in Ethiopia that would be held in Ethiopia early next year. This, according to African Airlines Association Secretary General, Abderahmane Berthe. Out of the 55, 20 …

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IATA warns Nigeria about privatizing airports

Nigeria has been warned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) about their plans to privatize their airports and was told to exercise restraint. IATA emphasized that Nigeria must protect its national assets with “ironclad regulation” that puts national interest first before anything else. IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac made the statements during his remarks at the IATA Global Media Day in Switzerland. De Juniac said that …

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Uganda: Proposed amendment to CAA Act to Support Aviation Growth

State Minister for Transport Aggrey Bagiire has urged the Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Infrastructure Committee to back a proposed amendment of the Civil Aviation Act 2017 CAP354 to foster growth of the aviation industry by enticing more airlines into Uganda. “The Bill will enable Uganda remain up-to-date with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and comply with global uniformity for a safe, secure …

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Ghana vows commitment to applying high safety standards at airports

Stakeholders in Ghana’s aviation industry have pledged to ensure the application of high safety standards in the aviation sector to keep the nation’s reputation as one of the safest air travel space. Speaking at the launch of the Aviation Safety Week, the Director for Safety Regulations at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Daniel Acquah, shared that the role of improved safety standards cannot be overstressed if Ghana is to maintain …

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IATA calls on African states to address problem of blocked airline funds

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on African governments to resolve the acute problem of blocked airline funds. According to IATA, African airlines continue to go through different degrees of difficulty repatriating earnings made in most countries on the continent, notably Angola, Algeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The appeal was made at the start of the recent African Airlines Association (AFRAA) general assembly staged …

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Ghana: Bureau of Public Safety blames Ministry of Transport and GCAA for Starbow incident

The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has made known their disdain for the incident at the Kotoka International Airport where a Starbow flight skidded off the runway and left one person hospitalized. The BPS blamed the incident on the Ministry of Transport and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The BPS said that the case only places the country a step closer to “witnessing a national disaster.” It says safety …

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Africa’s Airport Infrastructure, Taxation Take Spotlight at ICAO Forum

Industry experts at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) World Aviation Forum identified poor airport infrastructure, high taxation of airlines and non-liberalization of Africa’s airspace as key factors that hinder growth of air transport sector in Africa. Held for the first time outside of ICAO’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada, the event staged in the Nigerian capital of Abuja was themed “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.” The event gathered industry …

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Zimbabwe: CAAZ making moves to address regional competition

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe has established a route development committee to shrug off regional competition by enticing international airlines into the country to bolster air connectivity. CAAZ General Manager David Chawota said this move was done against a background that some international carriers, such as Qatar Airlines and Turkish Airways were getting ready to introduce flights before the end of the year. “The assumption was that Qatar Airways, …

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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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