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How safe is our airspace?

  SA’s aviation industry is the safest in Africa, the latest audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation has shown. The South African Civil Aviation Authority said it had improved its safety record despite the introduction of more stringent global standards. The authority said it would have still performed well in the audit even if... More

Why we charge South African passengers ‘deportation’ fees ...

  Ethiopian Airlines has explained why it asked South African bound passengers to pay additional amount of $40 to $150, saying the airline doesn’t charge any unauthorized fees on the route. Reacting to the directive by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that the airline should immediately stop collecting “refundable deportation fees”,... More

Africa remains world’s second-fastest growing region

  In 2016, Africa as a whole maintained its position as the world’s second-fastest growing economies behind South Asia, according to data released during the Financial Presentation at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings, which entered its third day on Wednesday in Ahmedabad, India. The report analyzed the continent’s... More

Sierra Leone News: Air France/KLM committed to African growth

  Senior Vice President of Air France/KLM Africa Mr Frank Legre has said that they are committed to the economic growth of Africa and that is the reason they are expanding with the continent to help in quality fights as well as help in the development of the continent. “At the heart of Air France-KLM’s concerns, the Group has many social and... More

SAA seeks Zuma intervention to release blocked African funds

  A South African parliamentary committee will consider asking President Jacob Zuma to engage with his counterparts in Angola, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe concerning South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) cash which is trapped in those countries, reports Jacaranda FM. The airline reportedly has about ZAR1 billion (USD77 million)... More

Report finds widespread wildlife trafficking at airports across 114 Co...

  A new analysis of global airport wildlife seizure and trafficking data reveals that criminals are exploiting air transport to smuggle protected and endangered animals and animal products on commercial flights. The report, “Flying Under the Radar: Wildlife Trafficking in the Air Transport Sector,” analyses airport seizures of ivory, rhino... More

Opportunity Knocks For Business Aviation in East Africa

  Business aviation in East Africa today is benefitting from improving infrastructure, as well as increased recognition by governments and civil aviation authorities of the sector’s requirements, according to Tanzania-based Kilimanjaro Aviation Logistics Centre (KALC). “There has been visible development in infrastructure that supports general... More

MEBAA Proposes New Settlement On Africa Representation

  The head of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) believes that a division of responsibility with the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) over representation in Africa, with one acting on behalf of North Africa and the other the sub-Saharan region, could benefit the business aviation industry’s future... More

“The time for Africa is now – we can’t slow down, we must quicke...

  India is the perfect place for the African Development Bank to focus on the transformative power of agriculture, Bank President Akinwumi Adesina has told the African, Indian and international press. “India is an inspiration to Africa, in that its Green Revolution took just three years. That was in large measure due to the power of political... More

Hadid Sees Growth Opportunities in Asia and Africa

  Dubai-based Hadid International Services (Booth A45) is growing in various parts of the world, providing trip support and flight planning services to operators. Issa Zuriqi, Hadid’s commercial director, said that the Chinese are getting more knowledgeable about business aviation. “They are more open and have better knowledge of the aviation... More

WFS signals global ambition with senior appointments

  Global cargo ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has announced a raft of senior appointments. Group chief executive Craig Smyth said that the appointments signal WFS’ ambition to build its operations globally. WFS is a major cargo handler, processing 6.3m tonnes a year for 300 airline customers. WFS’ Europe, Middle East, Africa... More

AfDB and IFC agree to promote investments that benefit women in Africa

  The African Development Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday, May 22, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India, aimed at promoting investments that benefit women in Africa. Over the past decade, the number of women entrepreneurs in Africa has grown steadily. Whether in steel manufacturing companies... More

Gambia’s news airline aims to spur regional integration

  A new airline has been unveiled in West Africa. The Gambian-owned Fly Mid Africa is seeking to fill a gap in the aviation sector in West Africa. It made its maiden flight to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown on Monday, ending a three-year break in direct link between the two countries. The management of the airline says it will initially... More

New Southern African commercial aviation activity report shows sharp f...

  The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) on Thursday officially launched its Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI). This is a composite index of aviation activity, developed to improve knowledge about conditions in the sector. “We decided we’d really like to know what is going on in this segment of the aviation industry,”... More

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Latest News How safe is our airspace?

  SA’s aviation industry is the safest in Africa, the latest audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation has shown. The South African Civil Aviation Authority said it had improved its safety record despite the introduction of more stringent global standards. The authority said it would have still performed well in the audit even if the unmanned aircraft had been factored in. SA is one of the first countries in the world to have regulated the operation of drones and licensing of pilots. The audit did not include unmanned aircraft despite a significant growth in the number of these... More

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