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African Union Approves Post-Coronavirus Air Travel System

After a year of COVID-19 restrictions, the world is slowly starting to open up and airlines are preparing for a travel boom later this year. However, due to new virus strains and slow vaccination rates in some countries, the airline industry needs a way to effectively and efficiently coordinate travel and health screenings. Africa, in particular, has ratified a Trusted Travel program that is run by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). All 54 African Union…

AFRAA and Ethiopian Airlines Agree on Aviation Academy and Training…

Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), the Nairobi-headquartered trade association for airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU), envisioning a sustainable, interconnected and affordable Air Transport industry in Africa, today announced an industry-first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ethiopian Airlines on training that will facilitate a framework of collaboration…

SAA Suspends All Operations As Government Continues to Look for…

On Tuesday, Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) announced that South African flag carrier South African Airways has suspended all operations and the airline put under "care and maintenance" until the ongoing discussions between the BRPs and the government lead to a deal with suitable funding for the airline. All existing cargo…

Kenya Airways Needs $500 Million State Aid Package to Remain…

Kenya Airways PLC is seeking $500 million from the Kenyan government to navigate the COVID-19 crisis after its first-half revenue plunged by 50%, per Group's CEO Allan Kilavuka as reported by Bloomberg. The airline is on the verge of nationalization, a process that is believed will put it on a…

Rwandair No Longer Moving Forward With Its Fleet Expansion

RwandAir is no longer considering, for now, its earlier fleet growth plan of two Airbus A330neos and two Boeing 737 Max orders that it had made via lessors. This is a major move for the African operator, re-evaluating its growth plan and re-aligning its ideas with that of Qatar Airways…

Ethiopian Eyeing Stakes in South African Airways

Another day, another rumor that Africa's largest carrier Ethiopian is considering ways to potentially offer support to the insolvent South African Airways with sources familiar with the matter citing talks between Ethiopian Airlines Group eyeing stakes are already in place with the South African government. The long-rumored potential tie-up between…

Kenya Airways to Sack Senior Pilots As Coronavirus Impacts Continue…

Kenya Airways, Kenya's flag carrier, is moving to slash half of its pilot workforce. The move is in line with cost saving measures deemed necessary due to the toll the COVID-19 crisis that has taken, Business Daily reports. Kenya Airways is looking to cut up to 207 of its 414…

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…

African Airlines Are Ailing As Industry Braces for Restart

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has already outlined a roadmap of a proposed temporary layered approach that will help to jump-start air travel around the world. The guidelines are geared at building confidence with the aviation stakeholders to enable reopening of borders and the safe return of passenger flights amid…

IATA: More Clarity on Government Relief Measures Amid COVID-19 in…

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has renewed its call to nations in the continent to step up their efforts towards aviation relief for airlines to aid in the survival of the industry, even as COVID-19 impacts continue to consume the region’s aviation sector which is now on the verge of…