News & Industry Affairs/Africa news


  • Air Namibia ups frequencies to SA
    July 25, 2019. Tourism Update. Air Namibia is to up flight frequencies that were withdrawn in June, after the airline suspended operations to Luanda and reduced frequencies on some flights between Windhoek and Cape Town and Johannesburg.
        Twaku Kayofa, Corporate Communications – External Relations & Public Relations, said, from August 10, Air Namibia’s Airbus A319, which was undergoing scheduled maintenance checks, would return to service.
        The airline will then re-introduce some of the flight frequencies that were withdrawn due to the reduced number of aircraft in the fleet. Read the original article...
  • British Airways ups its SA premium flight frequency with 34 additional flights a week 
    July 23, 2019. Traveller24.com. This week, British Airways has been in the news after announcing its cancelled service to Egypt.
        On the upside, passengers can look forward to a broader offering from BA via its Comair domestic operations in South Africa - with the announcement that it will be increasing its premium flight frequencies on certain routes. BA will add 34 additional flights on its SA route network commencing mid-September 2019, available to book with immediate effect. Read the original article...

  • Cape Town Air Access aims to grow US, West Africa and South America direct route connectivity
    March 14, 2019. Selene Brophy, Traveller24. The Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) project, aimed at improving connectivity to the Mother City, will be looking to develop three core hubs for future connectivity - these specifically being to the West Africa, US, and South America specifically. 
        Forming the focal point for proactive international air route development in Cape Town and the Western Cape, the initiative has already launched 13 new routes and facilitated 19 route expansions since their inception in 2015. This has doubled seat capacity at Cape Town International Airport, adding 1.5 million two-way seats to the Cape Town network, contributing and estimated R6 billion in direct tourism spend since July 2015. Read the original article here...
  • The African aviation industry is still growing
    March 4, 2019. James Geldenhuys, BizComm. Source: www.bizcommunity.com. Africa comprises 2.2% of the global market in terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK), which measures actual passenger traffic. This might be a small number on a global scale but is certainly substantial on its own.
        According to Boeing's recent Market Outlook, 1190 new aircraft with an expected value of $170bn will be needed over the next 20 years. This bodes well for the continent in spite of the challenges facing Africa's aviation industry.       The overall state of air travel and aircraft finance on the continent remain positive, with many carriers weathering the political and economic storms of the past few years very well. Read the original article here...
  • Africa on the cusp of an aviation boom?
    February 20, 2019. Pratap John, Gulf Times. Continent Africa comprises some 54 countries. Africans total more than 12% of the global population, but surprisingly they make up only 3% of the world’s air travellers.
        Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9mn jobs and $80bn in economic activity, data show. And according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%. Read the original article here...
  • Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector
    February 20, 2019. Rebecca Campbell, Engineering News. The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent's air transport sector.So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition.
        "SAATM is a very important initiative," stated Kenyan airfreight airline Astral Aviation founder and CEO Sanjeev Gadhia. "It is the initiative that is going to save the air transport industry in Africa." He pointed out that the continent was divided by what he called "walls in the sky", with many African countries shutting out carriers from other African countries. "This is a continent that is disconnected." Read the original article here...
  • Africa: Underdogs Threaten Africa's Darling Airlines
    January 17, 2019. Njenga Hakeenah, The Exchange (Dar es Salaam), AllAfrica news. A battle for African skies is brewing as competition becomes tougher for darling and established airlines.  
        Many African countries remain inaccessible to the majority of Africans due to the expensive air travel occasioned by few airlines. To address this challenge, many budget airlines are coming up to fill the gap that premier airlines have not been able to fill. 
        The latest entrant is the start-up Green Africa Airways which has signed the largest yet aircraft agreement from Africa with American airplane manufacturer Boeing. Read the original article here...
  • Here’s how to make Africa’s aviation industry soar
    January 9, 2019. Hassan El-Houry, World Economic Forum news. Africans make up 12% of the world’s population but only 2.5% of the world’s passengers. So why is there such a gap? Africa has 731 airports and 419 airlines with an aviation industry that supports around 6.9 million jobs and $80 billion in economic activity. 
        According to IATA, Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%. While it is evident that aviation in Africa has the potential to fuel economic growth, several barriers exist. Weak infrastructure, high ticket prices, poor connectivity and lack of liberalization are some of the many challenges. Read the original article here...