The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of guidelines to help tourism sector emerge stronger and more sustainably from COVID-19.
South African Airways (SAA) is currently retaining its domestic schedule between Johannesburg and Cape Town, with effect from mid-June 2020.
Switzerland-headquartered Vertis Aviation has added an Embraer ERJ145 to its Vertis Charter Management Programme, VCMP.
New research from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows that 100% of global destinations continue to have restrictions on travel in place, and 72% have completely closed their borders to international tourism.
Challenged by a lack of capacity and rising prices, air cargo stakeholders are adapting to the new normal in a bid to keep supply chains operational and economies running.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows.
South African Airways (SAA) has reassured its customers and stakeholders that it will continue to operate repatriation and cargo flights during the month of May and beyond.
Air Mauritius has resumed commercial cargo operations to and from some designated destinations.
EgyptAir and Air Cairo have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance strategic positioning, network and fleets that will add new customers to both airlines.
Network Airline Management and TAAG Angola Airlines have renewed their long-term B747-400F aircraft contract by an additional 12 months.
International air transport and tourism bodies launch appeal to support African travel, tourism sector
Five international air transport and tourism bodies have launched an appeal to international financial institutions, country development partners and international donors to support Africa’s Travel & Tourism sector.
The South African government National Transport Movement (NTM) has announced it is to shut down South African Airways and form a new airline.
Ethiopian Airlines has introduced a mobile app and chatbot-assisted shipment tracking service to elevate cargo customers’ experience.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for March 2020 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) dived 52.9% compared to the year-ago period.
The EAC Secretariat, CASSOA and AMREF Flying Doctors will offer emergency COVID-19 intervention trainings for staff at the 8 international airports in the 6 EAC Partner States.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted all destinations worldwide to introduce restrictions on travel, research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has found.
Kenya’s budget airline The Jambojet has appointed Karanja Ndegwa as its acting managing director, with effect from May 1, 2020.
Emirates has announced plans to operate passenger services to limited destinations in Africa next week.
Road and air transport have borne the brunt of the Coronavirus impact as countries put stringent measures to stop the spread of the pandemic.
RwandAir has resumed cargo flights to Guangzhou, China, after a suspension of passenger flights in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ethiopian Airlines completed the flight and delivery of the second round shipments of life saving medical supplies to fight COVID-19 donated by Jack Ma to all African countries.
Ethiopian has been deploying its massive cargo capacity to facilitate the flow of essential cargo such as medical supplies wherever they are needed, in response to the growing demand for air cargo services following the spread of COVID- 19.
DHL Global Forwarding has launched a dedicated 100-tonne weekly air freight service for organizations and governments shipping goods from China to Africa and Middle East.
First UN solidarity flight to depart Addis Ababa carrying vital COVID-19 medical supplies to all African Nations
The first United Nations “Solidarity Flight” is scheduled to leave Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to transport vital medical cargo to all countries in Africa, where supplies are desperately needed to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Cargo division of South African Airways, SAA Cargo, has for the first time in its history operated a passenger aircraft for a pure cargo uplift.
Following the national lockdown in South Africa, representatives of several governments have engaged with the joint BRPs of SAA to consider having the national carrier provide safe passage of their citizens to their home countries.
The Board of Directors at the South African Airways (SAA) announced it has accepted the request from Ms Zuks Ramasia, SAA Acting CEO, for early retirement with her last date of employ being14 April 2020.
Air Seychelles has announced that the airline has taken delivery of its new A320neo aircraft registered as ‘S7-PTI’.
The International Air Transport Association is appealing to governments in Africa and the Middle East to provide emergency support to airlines as they fight for survival as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
South African Airways suspends all domestic flights, supports national lockdown to fight Coronavirus
South African Airways announced its decision to suspend all its domestic flights with effect from Friday, 27 March until 16 April 2020.
African Finance Ministers call for coordinated COVID-19 response, mitigate adverse impact on economies and society
African Finance Ministers met on a virtual conference to exchange ideas on the efforts of their respective governments in dealing with the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.
South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it will immediately suspend all international operations until 31 May 2020 in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of the Coronavirus.
South African Airways scales down capacity due to travel disruptions, restrictions caused by Coronavirus
South African Airways (SAA) has scaled down capacity in response to the low demand for air travel.
Etihad Cargo has announced its freighter schedule for the IATA summer season, boosting capacity to its top freighter gateways.
[South Africa] Government issues travel advisory following State of National Disaster declaration due to COVID-19
The Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa has issued a Travel Advisory in light of the announcement by the Government declaring a State of National Disaster due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The South African Post Office has advised its clients that it cannot accept mail destined to China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea.
Ethiopian Airlines operated an all-women functioned flight to Washington DC.
IATA is estimating that Corona virus, now known as CORVID-19, could narrow Africa’s capacity growth by 0.4% and cost the region’s airline around $40 million in 2020.
South African Airways (SAA) has extended its sale, offering discounts of up to 20% to major destinations across its route network.
South African Airways business rescue practitioners receive approval to extend publication of Business Rescue Plan
The South African Airways Business Rescue Practitioners confirm that a further extension for publication of the Plan from 28 February to 31 March 2020 has been approved by the requisite majority of creditors.
Air Senegal, that has chosen London Stansted for its first ever UK service, will operate three flights a week starting on 26th June to the city made famous by the historic long-distance rally.
Kenya Airways has signed an enhanced codeshare agreement with Alitalia (a partner airline in the SkyTeam alliance), creating additional connectivity to the networks of the two airlines.
The Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC) has reinstated the travel supplier insolvency cover on the South African Airways.
British Airways and Royal Air Maroc have announced a new codeshare agreement which will open up new routes across Morocco including Casablanca and Agadir.
Nigeria’s Green Africa Airways, has signed an MoU for 50 A220-300 aircraft, one of the largest orders to be placed globally for the A220 programme and the largest ever from the African continent.
The International Air Transport Association announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2019 showing that demand rose by 4.2% compared to the full year of 2018.
Global aviation software provider Ramco Systems has announced the successful implementation of its Aviation Suite V5.8 at Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called for workers' rights to be fully protected while at the same time pursuing the turnaround of SAA.
Qatar Airways is in talks to acquire a 49 per cent stake in state-owned RwandAir.
The joint Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) of South African Airways (SAA) announced further initiatives to support the airline’s transformation into a sustainable and profitable business.
The U.S. and Kenyan governments signed an important Amendment to the U.S.-Kenya Air Transport Agreement at the Department of State in Washington, DC.
Sanad and Ethiopian Airlines to launch aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul center of excellence in Africa
Sanad Aerotech has elevated its business expansion ambitions in Africa by signing a landmark agreement with Ethiopian Airlines.
Jetex has announced the opening of its latest VIP Terminal at Marrakech Menara Airport, introducing a new world-class facility in the Moroccan market.
Represented by the pan-African law firm Centurion Law Group in its entry into Central Africa, Turkish Airlines has added Malabo, Equatorial Guinea to its route network.
South African Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners secured further post commencement funding (PCF) of R3.5 billion from the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Following a statement issued by the SAA Business Rescue Practitioners, the DBSA confirms that the Bank has approved an Equity Bridge Facility of R3.5billion to South African Airways (SAA).
The business rescue practitioners of South African Airways supported by the Departments of Public Enterprises and National Treasury have been successful in obtaining the balance of the post commencement funding.
NHV Group and Tropical Arctic have entered into a teaming agreement to allow both companies to jointly pursue strategic opportunities in Nigeria and West-African offshore industry.
JSE-listed airline operator, Comair, has announced the appointment of four new Directors to its Board, an independent lead Director, a new Company Secretary, as well as a new Chief Information Officer.
Irene Koki Mutungi, the first female African Dreamliner captain in the world has had a towering 23-year-career at Kenyan airlines.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and Routes have signed their first formal agreement in history.
South African Airways (SAA) new Airbus A350-900 operated its first international flight from O.R Tambo International (ORTIA) airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.
South African Airways is in the process of consolidating selected domestic flights between the airline’s main hub, Oliver Tambo International Airport Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as between Johannesburg and Durban’s King Shaka airports.
Securiport signs deal with the Central African Republic for provision of Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Services
Securiport has announced that a contract has been signed with the Central African Republic for the provision of Securiport’s proprietary Civil Aviation & Immigration Security Services (CAISS).
South African Airways (SAA) has put some of its aircraft up for sale to accommodate the new Airbus A350-900s the airline recently added to its fleet.
RwandAir customers could now save from their ticket purchases due to a new partnership with Optiontown.
Ethiopian Airlines, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline has teamed up with Abay Bank to offer additional digital payment option for buying air tickets through Ethiopian mobile app.
South African Airways (SAA) announces that its Board of Directors have adopted a resolution to place the company into business rescue at the earliest opportunity.
SAA has launched project Reya Fofa, a follow up to project Solaris which made SAA and Mango Airlines be the first airlines in Africa to operate commercial flights, powered by sustainable aviation fuel produced from nicotine-free tobacco plant.
Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) won two prizes as the best company in the categories "Global Operations" and "Best improved financial results" awarded by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
South African Airways (SAA) announces its intention to resume selected flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls, with effect from Thursday, 21 November 2019.
Air Senegal, the new national carrier of Senegal, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for eight A220-300 aircraft.
South African Airways (SAA) announces its intention to resume flights to six destinations on the African continent, namely Accra, Lagos, Lusaka, Maputo, Windhoek and Harare, with effect from Tuesday, 19 November 2019.
South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November 2019.
South African Airways has informed all its 5146 employees that it is embarking on a restructuring process which may lead to job losses.
National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed a one way codeshare agreement with Safarilink Aviation to open up Kenya by connecting domestic scheduled services to all the best safari destinations within Kenya and Tanzania.
South African Airways is pleased to announce the launch of a codeshare partnership with Africa World Airlines which will apply between Accra (ACC) – Kumasi (KMS), Accra - Lagos (LOS) and Accra – Abuja (ABV).
Ethiopian Airlines has launched a passenger flight to Bengaluru, India as of 27th October 2019.
Ethiopian Airlines Group has launched an innovative capacity development initiative aimed at creating local value in agricultural products.
Air Afrik will cut roughly 80 per cent of its salaried staff in both Kenya and South Sudan by November as part of the company’s restructuring process.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced the resumption of its flight to Athens, Greece effective Dec 13, 2019.
Ghana Airports Company Limited has extended its agreement with SITA to manage and support all airport operations systems across Kotoka International Airport’s newly commissioned Terminal 3.
South African Airways advises its customers that it may operate an amended flight schedule following a decision to recall some of its aircraft to undertake compliance verification in line with the South African Civil Aviation Authority requirements.
With the introduction of e-visa service back in June 2017, Ethiopia has opened its doors for foreign visitors wider than ever before.
Belgium national carrier Brussels Airlines is now operating seven flights per week to Kinshasa again.
Joramco and Kenya Airways, the flag carrier airline of Kenya, have signed a heavy maintenance agreement for the first time to perform OOP check for six B787.
Following the recent debut of its flagship A380 aircraft to Cairo, Emirates will introduce a regular scheduled commercial A380 service to the Egyptian capital starting from 27 October 2019, four times a week.
As African airports seek to respond to the challenges of the rapid growth in demand for air services, Airports Council International (ACI) has emphasized the importance of innovation to the sustainable growth of the sector in the region.
Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed an agreement with train ticketing company, AccesRail, to provide its passengers with connectivity to different destinations in Europe through train transfers from 3 of its 5 European gateways.
AJW Group has extended its long-term relationship with Ethiopian Airlines with a contract for the maintenance and repair of parts.
Ethiopian loyalty program, ShebaMiles, has come up with a special treat to honor its Blue or Silver status members.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with ALDAU Development group for a Hyatt-branded hotel in Cairo, Egypt.
South African Airways (SAA) has announced the expansion of the codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles (HM) to New York effective 1 November 2019.
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in the last four years has received 256 applications for licences/permits from aviation service providers in the sector.
Aviation service provider, ACC Aviation Group, has announced the expansion of their partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, to include the operator’s charter and leasing capacity across North America and Asia.
Kenya Airways and Oman Air have expanded their codeshare cooperation effective October 1, increasing the destinations available to their guests.
EgyptAir and Lufthansa will extend their codeshare operation offering further connections to both airlines’ customers in Europe and Egypt.
Emirates will be operating its A380 service to Cairo International Airport on 2 October 2019, making it the first scheduled commercial airline to operate an A380 flight into Egypt.
DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services – a joint venture formed between DHL Global Forwarding and Ethiopian Airlines - is scaling its operations in Ethiopia.
Regional low-cost carrier Jambojet has received approval from the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority to start flights to Kigali.