The International Trade Centre (ITC) and UNWTO are collaborating in a project on developing the tourism sector in Liberia with a focus on surf tourism in the Robertsport destination.
Ethiopian Airlines and the United States announced a partnership agreement that will enable the nation’s flagship carrier to source locally grown produce and ingredients for preparing in-flight meals for global passengers.
Emirates and Airlink have announced an interline agreement, widening Emirates’ reach into Southern Africa as countries begin opening their borders for travellers.
Qatar Airways has signed an interline agreement with Airlink, further expanding its presence in Southern Africa as the largest carrier to operate from the region.
Low-cost airline Ryanair is set to resume flights in and out of Morocco.
After several months of suspension, Air Austral has been authorised to resume its flights from and to this Malagasy destination.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as the two parties work together to restart global tourism.
Ethiopian Airlines Group, Largest Aviation Group in Africa announced it will cover the medical insurance including repatriation, evacuation and quarantine costs related to COVID-19 as of 1st of October 2020 until 31st of March 2021.
Green Africa, Nigeria's Lagos-based value airline, has formed a strategic partnership with First City Monument Bank (FCMB), a financial institution in Nigeria.
Emirates announced it will resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa; Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October).
With the easing of travel restrictions across the globe, Ethiopian announced it will restart scheduled commercial flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town as of 01 October 2020.
Kenya Airways (KQ) has resumed flights to the United Republic of Tanzania following the lifting of the suspension of all Kenyan aviation operators by the Tanzanian Government.
The resumption of European services will see the leading African carrier switch its UK operations from London Gatwick, with commercial flights to the Rwandan capital now departing from London Heathrow for the first time.
Qatar Airways is to resume services to Entebbe, Seychelles, and Windhoek, as well as many more global destinations.
Air Partner, a charter and Freight solutions specialist, has established its first physical presence in South Africa, with a Johannesburg sales office that will provide localised support to Freight clients within the region.
Emirates announced it will resume passenger services to Casablanca, Morocco effective 18 September 2020.
Proflight Zambia has expanded its cargo capacity by designating some of its fleet to operate dedicated cargo flights between Lusaka and Johannesburg.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched IATA ONE Source, an online platform which helps the air cargo industry match shipping needs with the availability of infrastructure capabilities.
United Airlines announced plans to expand its global route network with new nonstop service to Africa, India and Hawaii.
EgyptAir and Air Cairo have initialised their first step of cooperation through signing a codeshare agreement extending both airlines’ networks to further destinations domestically and beyond Cairo Airport.
A Bill that seeks to bring “through the back door” the previously proposed and rejected merger between troubled Kenya Airways and the Kenya Airports Authority is before Parliament.
Ethiopian Airlines unveils new passenger terminal at Bole International Airport with focus on biosafety
Ethiopian Airlines Group has completed a new passenger terminal at its hub Addis Ababa Bole International Airport with emphasis on Bio Security and Bio Safety measures.
[Column] Wambui Gichuri: African water and sanitation projects critical to preparedness for COVID-19-like pandemics
As the prevalence of COVID-19 accelerates across Africa, over 40 per cent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to clean water and are unable to heed the advice of health experts to wash their hands.
Low-cost carrier Fastjet has announced that it is to de-list from the AIM market and will re-register as a private company in a last-ditch bid to survive.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new data indicating that the impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s aviation industry and economies has worsened sharply since the previous assessment in April.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline has increased the frequency of its scheduled flights on its domestic destinations to meet the growing demand.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has launched an interactive capacity-sharing portal for African airlines as part of initiatives and efforts for the industry restart and recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic.
In an effort to accelerate digitization, regional low-cost carrier Jambojet has introduced a Progressive Web App (PWA) that will allow customers book tickets, check in and access their boarding pass on their smartphones.
Green Africa, Nigeria's Lagos-based value airline, has announced Kiran Koteshwar as the new Group Chief Financial Officer effective from September 2020.
Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, Africa’s largest cargo operator, has partnered with RTS on Cargo Revenue Management and Pricing Solutions.
Qatar Airways has announced that it will resume services to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya with 14 weekly flights and to Kigali International Airport Rwanda with three weekly flights.
West-African airline, ASKY, has signed a multi-year agreement with Sabre Corporation, enabling the carrier to move forward with innovative, next-generation technologies that will facilitate further expansion.
The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has announced that commercial flights will once again be welcomed back into the East African country from August 1, 2020.
Qatar Airways Group, owner and operator of Qatar Airways has launched four international investment arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Air Tanzania has selected Panasonic Avionics’ inflight entertainment (IFE) connectivity system to enhance the passenger experience onboard its Airbus A220 aircraft.
Air Austral and Air Madagascar have signed a MOU confirming the exit of Air Austral from the capital of Air Madagascar.
[Sierra Leone] IOM strengthens capacity of airport frontliners as Freetown International Airport reopens
After being closed for four months, Sierra Leone’s only international airport has reopened to foreign commercial flights.
Emirates will restore services to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from August 1. Other destinations include, Guangzhou (July 25), and Oslo (August 4), e
General Electric (GE) has appointed Nyimpini Mabunda as the Chief Executive Officer for Southern Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline resumed its service to Duala and Yaoundé in Cameroon, with services being initially available three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline, is resuming service to Dubai further to the ending of the lock-down and its opening for leisure travelers
An EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight arrived in Mogadishu from Brindisi, Italy, carrying humanitarian and medical supplies provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The Government of Sudan last month began facilitating the return home of the first of an estimated 15,000 Sudanese nationals stranded overseas, many in urgent need of assistance, with the support of IOM.
Ethiopian Airlines has opened up its services to business and leisure travelers with programmes aimed at safeguarding their health and safety.
The National Aviation Services (NAS) has received its first IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration in Tanzania for its operations at Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro international airports.
Virgin Group, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Unite – the Virgin Group's not-for-profit Foundation – are supporting UNICEF and the World Food Programme-led Global Common Supply Chain Services Provision.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the Security Risk Intelligence Portal (SRIP), an incident reporting tool to help airlines mitigate and manage security risks.
COMESA has published and gazetted the regional guidelines on the movement of goods and services across the region.
Rwanda and Uganda have recorded a reduction in trade flows in April and May 2020, according to the latest report from the COMESA Statistics on ‘COVID 19 Impact on Trade’.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry showing that airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 for a net profit margin of -20.1%.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry showing that airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 for a net profit margin of -20.1 per cent.
CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited has announced the latest addition to its Dublin-based leadership team.
The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the leading aviation service provider, ACC Aviation have announced a strategic partnership for the provision of market-leading services that will support the development of Africa’s aviation industry.
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.