Airport services provider NAS launches operation in Guinea Bissau

GUINEA BISSAU – National Aviation Services (NAS), the airport services provider, has announced the launch of its operations at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport in Guinea Bissau. In September 2020, NAS signed a 10-year contract for comprehensive ground handling services with the Guinea Bissau Ministry of Transport and Communications. This is a first of its kind public private partnership in the country between the Government and a foreign private company. The only international airport in the country, Osvaldo Vieira is a hub for exports of fresh seafood and agriculture to Europe,…

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Kenya Airways to resume Nairobi – London flights as the summer season begins

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) will resume operations on the Nairobi-London route on June 26 after the East African nation restored flights ahead of the peak summer tourism season. The airline suspended flights on the route in April following a government directive banning all flights to or from Kenya to the UK. “We are starting with one at the moment, but we shall add more frequencies if we realise that there is a rise in forward bookings,” KQ director of Corporate Communication Dennis Kashero told the Business Daily.…

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Logistics company Freterium secures an opportunity in Y Combinator

MOROCCO – Freterium, the first predictive supply chain platform, has just been selected to join the famous program of Y Combinator (YC), the Californian incubator, which will accelerate the Moroccan start-up international development. Founded by two engineers, Mehdi Cherif Alami and Omar El Kouhene, Freterium aims to transform supply chains by replacing manual processes with a fully connected ecosystem. Freterium offers the first Transport Management Platform (TMP) in the Africa-Middle East region which combines the main modules of a TMS (Transport Management System) and the connectivity of a collaborative platform…

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Air Arabia Maroc launches new air routes linking Morocco to Europe

MOROCCO – Air Arabia Maroc, a joint venture company and member of Air Arabia Group, has announced the launch of new air routes linking Morocco to Europe as part of the company’s decision to expand its network. The new routes will include flights linking Casablanca and Geneva, Nador and the Netherlands’s Eindhoven, as well as Oujda and Spain’s Murcia. According to the company, the flights between Casablanca and Geneva will kick off on June 17. The company will serve the destination with two flights per week on Thursdays and Sundays.…

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MotoChekit launches in Nigeria to provide Vehicle History Reports

NIGERIA – MotoChekit, an automobile information service provider, has launched in Nigeria, powered by CARFAX, to help individuals and firms desirous of importing used vehicles make the right purchase decisions. Promoters of the company, Segun Abiodun and Ayo Tifase said that they were also out to help the Federal Government curb the unbridled importation of salvaged or junk vehicles. They explained they were providing Nigerians with Vehicle History Reports (VHRs) at a reduced cost compared to what is obtainable in the Global VHR market. “A large percentage of the Tokunbo…

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Black-owned Takatso led consortium picked as the strategic partner for South African Airways

SOUTH AFRICA – The government of South Africa has picked black-owned consortium Takatso as the strategic partner for the troubled national airline South African Airways (SAA). Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced Takatso consortium as the preferred strategic equity partner for the airline after 19 months of uncertainty. The consortium will own 51% of the airline. The move is likely to raise the ire of workers unions who feared the airline was being privatized after thousands of employees were laid off at the struggling airline. The government will own 49%…

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Logistics provider Speedaf express closes Series A+ financing round led by Trustbridge

AFRICA – Speedaf express, a China-Africa integrated logistics service provider, has closed a Series A+ financing round led by Trustbridge with participation from Northern Light Venture Capital and Vision Capital. The investment will be used for logistics network expansion in emerging markets, IT system construction and talent team structuring. “We sincerely thank our new and original shareholders for their trust and support of Speedaf express. This is an important milestone in the development of Speedaf express,” said Gary Suo, CEO of Speedaf express. Vision Capital led Round A financing for…

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IFC in deal to boost Victoria Falls flights and promote tourism

ZIMBABWE -The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will partner Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry in efforts to attract more airlines and flights into the country’s premier tourist destination, Victoria Falls. The partnership, which also include partners like CPCS Transcom a consultancy firm and Cape Town Air Access, a project of  Wesgro, the Tourism, Trade, and Investment Promotion Agency for South Africa’s Western Cape, is focused on helping Zimbabwe conduct data analysis and facilitate dialogue with airlines to recover and strengthen Victoria…

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Airlink launches Johannesburg – Entebbe flights

SOUTH AFRICA – Private-sector regional airline Airlink ,has announced that it will start scheduled services to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda on July 19 which will be operated four times a week, connecting with Airlink’s domestic and regional network to and from various Southern African destinations “Entebbe, which is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, serves Kampala, which is Uganda’s economic and trading hub, but also an important gateway to the Eastern Africa economic community and the Great Lakes region, which represents a significant market,” explained Airlink CEO and Managing…

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Amitruck: Connecting Cargo Owners Directly With Truckers To Facilitate Trade

Amitruck, a Kenyan based start-up is betting on transparency and trust to build the next big logistics solutions provider in a market that is projected to grow exponentially in the next decade. We had a discussion with the company’s CEO and Founder Mark Mwangi on the company’s journey and future prospects.

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