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A Qatar Airways-painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a test flight. This aircraft regularly operates Qatar's flight from Doha to Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Qatar Airways and Airlink Announce Interline Agreement

Qatar Airways continues to expand its African outreach, now offering over 60 weekly flights to 15 destinations across the continent. The Doha-based carrier has signed an interline agreement with Johannesburg based Airlink Ltd, which will further enable Qatar Airways to increase its presence in the South African region. The agreement will provide passengers connectivity via Cape Town and Johannesburg to more than 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa including; Gaborone and Maun, Botswana; Tete, Mozambique; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Lusaka,…

Ethiopian Introduces Global COVID-19 Insurance

Ethiopian Airlines Group has introduced a global COVID-19 medical insurance scheme dubbed "Sheba Comfort" aimed at providing "an extra security measure" to all of its international passengers while ensuring they travel with a peace of mind. Sheba Comfort will cover all international flights booked through Ethiopian tickets, covering medical expenses,…

Oman Air Resumes Flights to Africa While Increasing Domestic Flights

Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways may be the three largest major airlines that most people think of when traveling to or connecting through the Middle East, in particular the Persian Gulf region. The three carriers have announced prominent flight resumptions and brand new routes, especially to Africa, where competition…

TAP Air Portugal Announces Multiple New Routes to Europe, Africa

TAP Air Portugal is launching a series of new routes next year to expand its network across Europe and Northern Africa. Next summer, the airline will launch scheduled service to Ibiza, Spain; Fuerteventura, Spain; Oujda, Morocco; Zagreb, Croatia; Djerba, Tunisia and Monastir, Tunisia. With the exception of Zagreb, where services…

Qatar Airways Bets on Rwanda’s Newest Airport, National Carrier

Even as the pandemic continues to shake the industry to its core, construction of Rwanda's largest airport, Bugesera International Airport, is still on course, and the airport is expected to open for business in 2022. The new airport's construction of the new airport was prepared in 2010 and only got…

Gulf Carriers Resume, Compete On Service to Africa

As travel demand is gradually beginning to rise, many airlines are beginning to resume flights between the U.S., Europe and Asia, largely overlooking the continent of Africa. However, Qatar Airways has officially scheduled its resumption of three weekly flights to Mogadishu, Somalia starting Sept. 6 from the Qatari capital. The…

Projections for African Aviation’s Coronavirus Battle and Recovery

In a newly released data, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expanded on the coronavirus' impact on Africa's aviation industry, which has continued to worsen sharply since the previous assessment in April, per a video released on the body's social media. IATA's earlier estimate was that the continent would…

South Africa Budgets More Funds for SAA and SA Express

In a briefing on Wednesday to the Parliament for the South Africa Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), acting Director-General Kgathatso Tlhakudi presented the department’s budget plan for state-owned South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express airlines. South Africa’s government is being asked to set aside R3.8 billion ($212 million) for…

South African Airways Liquidation Unlikely for Now

The immediate liquidation threat of South African Airways (SAA) may be averted for now as announced by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Saturday. The new deadline for the proposed employment agreement has also been extended to May 1, 2020. DPE also acknowledged an agreement was reached in a…

Ethiopian Banking on Cargo Operations and Business Ventures as its…

Cargo business now seems to be the new normal for airlines trying to navigate this COVID-19 pandemic now that there is reduced passenger demand, with Ethiopian Airlines now seemingly headed in the same direction to ensure its survival having lost $550 million between January and April. The airline CEO Tewolde…