South African Airways Restructures Leadership Team

Last week, South African Airways announced changes to its leadership structure. The carrier's interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo — who has led the airline for a year now — has stepped down from the position, with the role subsequently being assumed on a more permanent basis. John Lamola will replace Kgokolo, who…

Kenya Airways Offered $217 Million Debt Reprieve as it Eyes…

Kenya has offered its national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) a KES25 billion shillings ($217 million) lifeline on unpaid interest, which will help it survive and sustain operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline discloses in its latest annual report for the period to December 2021 that it failed…

Emirates, Qatar Airways Push for New Nigerian National Carrier As…

Nigeria's much anticipated Nigeria Air will finally launch in 2023, according to the West African country's Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC). The office of the country's president officially agreed to the extended deadline, according to ICRC Director General Michael Ohiani. “I want to assure the Nigerian public that we are…

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam Retires

Last week, Ethiopian Airlines confirmed that CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has taken early retirement after more than a decade at the helm. Tewolde Gebremariam, through a correspondence with Reuters, said last Wednesday he had resigned from his position which he held for 11 years, to focus on his medical treatment. He…

More Countries Welcome Vaccinated International Air Travelers Without Restrictions

There are continuing positive signs that the international air travel market is on its way towards pre-pandemic levels albeit at differing rates in different regions. This week the U.K. announced the lifting of all travel restrictions and countries such as Canada and New Zealand are easing quarantine and testing requirements…

Ethiopian Airlines Expands Air Cargo Fleet with Boeing Agreement

Ethiopian Airlines has agreed to buy up to 5 of Boeing's new 777X freighter jets — with the carrier launching the plane during a boom in air cargo. The airline will also become the second carrier to operate the recently launched freighter and Boeing's newest plane whose development has faced…

Ethiopian Predicts Higher Passenger and Cargo Capacity For 2022

Ethiopian Airlines — Africa's largest carrier — is struggling with its passenger operations,  but the airline could make a full recovery by the end of this year, according to the airline's CEO Tewolde GebreMariam who spoke at a Dubai Expo event on Jan. 11. As the airline emerges from the…

African Airlines Association Calls on Countries to Revoke Unilateral Travel…

While the last few days have been among the most frustrating in the world of travel after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa — one that become widely known as Omicron — which panicked governments into once again restricting or entirely removing the freedom to travel.…

Zambia Airways Launches Flight Operations

Africa's largest airline Ethiopian Airlines announced the final preparation for the launch of Zambia's national carrier — in a joint venture with Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC). In the proposed joint venture, Ethiopian Airlines will take a 45 percent stake in the joint venture while Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC)…