Kenya Airways increases flights to European routes as summer demand surges

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways has increased frequencies to Europe following high demand from passengers seeking air travel for summer holidays. The carrier has increased weekly flights to Paris from three to four starting Saturday, July 17, 2021, London will get an additional flight from one to two starting July 27 while Amsterdam will get two frequencies beginning August 2, 2021. The rise in demand is the product of increased travel to Kenya and other East Africa countries by western tourists seeking safari visits and a view of the wildebeest migration in…

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Online travelling company Wakanow appoints Adenike Macaulay as its CCO

NIGERIA – Wakanow, an online travel company, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Adenike Macaulay as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). According to a statement issued by the company on Monday, the Chief Executive Officer, Wakanow, Mr Bayo Adedeji, expressed confidence in the capacity of the new CCO. They said Macaulay would bring on board an invaluable and dynamic contribution to the company by expanding the already thriving commercial opportunities in the business, thereby enhancing the objectives and continuous growth of the company. Speaking on her appointment, Macaulay said…

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Airlines Association of Southern Africa picks Wrenelle Stander as its new CEO

SOUTH AFRICA – The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has announced the appointment of Wrenelle Stander as the new Chief Executive Officer replacing Chris Zweigenthal who is stepping down after 19 years at the helm. Stander’s appointment will take effect in the middle of July 2021. “Wrenelle, whose career includes extensive leadership experience in the public and private sectors of the air transport and energy industries as well as in the South African government, is the ideal choice to lead AASA and represent its members in its engagements on matters of…

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Aero Africa launches in Morocco to operate as control tower and centralized service centre

MOROCCO – Aviation logistics provider Aero Africa has opened a new regional office in Casablanca Morocco. The new office will look after the group’s interest in the region, operating as a control tower and centralized service centre in North Africa for its overseas partners and clients. The new team will focus in promoting Aero Africa’s digital airfreight portal, developing BSA scheduled consolidations from Asia to North Africa, and to providing innovative air cargo solutions & value-added services to the North African freight & logistics community. Aero Africa has already launched…

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Logistic company Cainiao Network launches its first air cargo route between China and Africa

AFRICA – Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, has announced the launch of its first air cargo route between China and Africa aiming for booming demand for Chinese products and close bilateral tie between the two countries. Operating over six times weekly, the air freight service will ship parcels from Hong Kong to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial center. Cainiao says the delivery time will take 20 days from China to Africa, which shows an improvement from the previous time of 60 days, which included transit into the Middle East.…

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NAS and Colossal Africa completes acquisition of BidAir services

SOUTH AFRICA – National Aviation Services (NAS), Colossal Africa and a consortium comprised of the current executive management team have signed an agreement to acquire BidAir Services from the Bidvest Group subject to fulfilling final requirements from the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) that manages South African airports as well as other regulatory approvals. BidAir Services provides quality-handling services including passenger and ramp handling, load control and operations, cleaning, toilet and water services, amongst others at nine South African airports. The airports include three main international gateways – O.R.…

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Government of Nigeria acquires US$4.13m mobile control towers to enhance flight safety

NIGERIA – The Federal Government of Nigeria has acquired two mobile control towers worth N1.7 billion (US$4.13m) in order to further enhance coverage of Nigeria’s airspace and improvement of flight safety. The mobile towers would be used by Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs), a department in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for air and ground communication. The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika explained that the equipment would be deployed to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and any other airport…

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Kenya Airways and Delta Airlines expand codeshare agreement

KENYA – Kenya Airways (KQ) and Delta Airlines have expanded their codeshare agreement, increasing the choice of destinations and extending Kenya Airways’ reach in North America via the U.S. gateway of New York-JFK and those of Delta in Africa. The new agreement enhances the airlines’ reach to 39 cities across Africa, the United States, and Canada. The enhanced agreement enables Delta customers flying nonstop on the airline’s services from New York-JFK to Accra, Ghana, to connect with Delta-marketed codeshare flights to Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, operated by Kenya…

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Qatar Airways to add Lusaka, Harare routes starting August 2021

ZAMBIA – Qatar Airways will add Zambia and Zimbabwe to its expanding list of destinations in Africa beginning early August 2021. The launch of Lusaka and Harare supports increased demand for trade between Zambia and Zimbabwe and destinations on the Qatar Airways network such as London, Frankfurt and New York and from multiple points in China. With a total of 30 tonnes of cargo capacity on the aircraft per flight, Qatar Airways Cargo will play a key role in facilitating key exports from Zambia and Zimbabwe. The new service to…

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Delta Airlines resumes Atlanta-Johannesburg operations

SOUTH AFRICA – Delta Airlines has announced the resumption of its direct flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta, US, bringing relief to international travelers in spite of the doubts about the benefits to South Africa’s aviation industry. Delta said in a statement that it would resume the non-stop service between Atlanta and Joburg on August 1 to all pre-Covid Africa markets, including Accra in Ghana, Dakar in Senegal and Lagos in Nigeria. Delta said the Johannesburg flights would operate using the Airbus A350-900, marking the debut of one of Delta’s newest…

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