Aviation traffic in Africa sank 73.7% in March 2021 – IATA

AFRICA – The International Air Traffic Association (IATA) has announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID 19 levels in March 2019 but rose compared to the immediate month prior to February 2021. The comparisons were done that way because between 2021 and 2020, monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern. Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) was down 67.2%…

Read More

Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first African airline to trial IATA travel pass

ETHIOPIA – Africa’s most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has become the first African airline to conduct trial of IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications. As air travel restarts, travellers need accurate COVID-19-related information like testing and vaccine requirements which vary among countries and the IATA Travel Pass initiative helps verify the authenticity of test information presented by travellers which is essential for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries. The trial will be conducted…

Read More

RwandAir set to be the first African airline to trial IATA Travel Pass

RWANDA – RwandAir, one of the fastest growing airlines, will become the first African airline to trial International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass to enable safe and seamless international travel. The airline will begin a three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi, Kenya. IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform to help passengers easily and securely verify that they comply with Covid-19 test or vaccine travel requirements, in turn giving governments the confidence to reopen borders. Developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the…

Read More

Kenya Airways to receive US$91.4m bailout from the government

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), has received US$91.4 million from the Kenyan government as part of efforts to prop up the carrier after the Covid-19 pandemic grounded airlines globally. The airline, which is 48.9% owned by the government with Air France-KLM holding a small stake, secured US$71.3 million from Kenya’s National Treasury and US$18.3 million from the ministry of transport, Business Daily newspaper reported, citing a supplementary budget presented to parliament for approval. Kenya Airways has not commented on the report, which did not say when the airline…

Read More

African airlines record 1.7% decline in freight demand in November – IATA

AFRICA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets in November showing that freight volumes improved compared to October but remain depressed compared to 2019 with capacity remaining constrained from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked. African airlines saw international demand fall by 1.7% year-on-year in November, after three months of positive year-on-year growth. That is primarily driven by a soft performance on the Asia-Africa route, which was down 4.5% year-on-year with international capacity decreasing by 19.4%.…

Read More

AFRAA appoints Raphael Kuuchi new director for government, legal and industry affairs

AFRICA – The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has appointed Raphael Kuuchi as director government, legal and industry affairs in a consulting capacity which became effective January 1, 2021. Kuuchi joins AFRAA from IATA where he served as the Association’s Special Envoy to Africa on Aero-Political Affairs for 2 years and IATA Vice President – Africa for four years. He led IATA engagements with top government, regional and industry leaders in driving key initiatives aimed at unlocking the full potential of African aviation. He was also IATA’s focal point on the…

Read More

IATA freezes Kenya’s budget airline Fly540 e-ticket booking

KENYA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has suspended Nairobi based low-cost carrier Fly540 from using its automated ticketing system due to undisclosed reasons. In a letter announcing the suspension, IATA indicated that the airline breached its Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) rules under Resolution 850 and has ordered all travel agents to cease issuing tickets and receiving payments on behalf of Fly540. Under Resolution 850, IATA can order the suspension of an airline’s ticket sales when it owes payments via the BSP, when it ceases all scheduled passenger…

Read More

African Airlines to lose US$3.7b in 2020 and 2021 – IATA

AFRICA – International Air Transport Association (IATA) has projected that African airlines will lose approximately US$3.7 billion between this year and 2021, with global losses projected to hit US$157 billion. According to the aviation body, the bulk of African losses of about US$2 billion will be registered in 2020, and another US$1.7 billion next year. IATA said that globally, the aviation industry will lose US$118.5 billion this year against an earlier projection of US$84.3 billion, with 2021 accounting for US$38.7 billion in losses. The association had initially expected next year’s losses…

Read More

Airlines set to lose US$157b amid worsening travel slump

WORLD – Airlines are on course to lose a total of US$157 billion this year and next, aviation body IATA has warned, further downgrading its industry outlook in response to a second wave of coronavirus infections and shutdowns afflicting major markets. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which in June had forecast US$100 billion in losses for the two-year period, said it now projects a US$118.5 billion deficit this year alone, and a further US$38.7 billion for 2021. The bleak outlook underscores challenges still facing the sector despite upbeat news…

Read More

National Aviation Services (NAS) wins new ground handling license in DRC

DRC – National Aviation Services (NAS), a leading airport services provider has been awarded a new ground handling license by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Under the terms of the license, NAS will offer comprehensive ground and cargo handling services at Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma international airports in DRC. NAS’s commitment includes significant investments into operations such as ground handling equipment, infrastructure, facilities, technology and human capital. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the AAC for awarding this license to…

Read More