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East Africa plans to cut air transport costs

Mustwafa Muran (left), Astral Aviation Route Network Coordinator and D. Rajdev, Director of Operations at ALS, during a discussion held on 22 October 2014 on reducing the cost of air travel.

Transport officials and the aviation industry in East Africa are exploring ways of cutting the cost of air travel. The discussions follow complaints from East Africa’s political leadership that the cost of air travel is uncompetitive and is impeding free movement among the region’s inhabitants. From discussions held so far, it is emerging that while […]

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Emirates to grow African operations by 40% in coming decade

Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, at the Africa Global Business Forum 2014.

Emirates is placing a strategic focus on Africa in the coming decade by increasing operations by over 40%, says Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline. Speaking at the Africa Global Business Forum held in Dubai on 1 – 2 October, Clark said that Africa has been a great growth story for Emirates. “Today, Emirates fleet […]

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Ethiopian Airlines breaks African record with 737 MAX order

Artist's impression of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing yesterday announced an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier. The 737 MAX is the next generation of Boeing’s popular single-aisle commercial jet. Design of the 737 MAX is ongoing with first delivery planned […]

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Ebola: Is Kenya Airways doing the right thing?

Kenya Airways CEO, Titus Naikuni.

Kenya Airways announced last evening that it will continue regular flights to four west African countries currently in the grip of an Ebola epidemic. Is the airline making the right decision? Kenya Airways is facing public pressure to suspend flights to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. Cases of Ebola have been reported in those […]

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Ebola: No air travel restrictions recommended, says IATA

Medical workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepare to cross a river that separates Guinea and Sierra Leone as they deliver medical supplies to areas hit by Ebola.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that no air travel restrictions have been recommended for three West African countries affected by an outbreak of Ebola. The three countries are Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. There have been calls for travel restrictions to be imposed on countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak. In […]

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Air Uganda remains grounded after Uganda canceled all international licences

The Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda headquarters at Entebbe.

Air Uganda is counting heavy losses after it and other air operators in Uganda were grounded by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority. The airline has been grounded for almost three weeks after the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda withdrew all international air operator certificates (AOC) for airlines registered in Uganda. News reports say the decision […]

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Air Uganda experiencing unexplained disruptions to its flights

An Air Uganda Bombardier CRJ at Nairobi's JKIA.

Air Uganda seems to be experiencing major disruptions to its flight schedules as it promises to put passengers on other airlines. In a statement yesterday, Air Uganda says that it is experiencing temporary disruptions to its scheduled flights. The airline was quick to assure passengers that their travel plans would not be affected. “All passengers […]

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Google’s high altitude balloons float over East Africa

A Google illustration showing the Project Loon concept.

At least three helium balloons are at high altitude over East Africa this weekend. The balloons are part of Google’s Project Loon which aims at providing internet access to remote parts of the world. If ongoing trials on Project Loon are successful, Google will deploy hundreds of helium balloons in the earth’s stratosphere at altitudes […]

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