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Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Demand for air travel remains strong – Iata

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Global passenger traffic results for March show that demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), rose by 9.5% year-on-year, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported on Thursday.  

Future growth of African aviation to depend on cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Collaboration between aviation stakeholders, not least governments, in Africa is essential if the aviation sector is to realise its full potential and accelerate the development of the continent. So asserted International Air Transport Association (IATA) VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi in his keynote... 

State-owned model leaves commercial airlines struggling to compete

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 South Africa has missed out on opportunities in key air travel markets, owing to its reliance on a dominant national carrier and State-owned airports, an executive of privately-owned Lanseria International Airport, north of Johannesburg, said on Thursday. Lanseria operations deputy executive... 

International airline body calls for greater cooperation within Africa regarding aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th April 2018 Collaboration between aviation stakeholders, not least governments, in Africa is essential if the aviation sector is to realise its full potential and accelerate the development of the continent. So asserted International Air Transport Association (Iata) VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi in his keynote... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Airport business model under threat globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a boom... 

Business model for airports under threat, globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a... 

SANDF revises presidential flight procedures after Ramaphosa's Moti flight

By: News24Wire      8th March 2018 Internal processes around the procurement of private aircraft for presidential flights have been revised following news reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa flew on an aircraft owned by the Moti company. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was grilled in the National Assembly on Wednesday... 

Passenger traffic at South African airports holds steady in Q4

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 Growth in passenger numbers at South Africa’s nine airports held steady at just over 3% in the fourth quarter of 2017, with nearly 11-million arriving and departing passengers using South Africa's main airports during the quarter. This is according to the Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA’s)... 

Cape Town International Airport runway realignment project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs has granted final approval for the building of the new, realigned runway. 

New runway for Cape Town International Airport gets green light

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2018 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) announced on Wednesday that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) had granted final approval for the building of the airport’s new, realigned, runway. This followed the conclusion of the DEA’s appeals process regarding the project. This is a... 

Global air transport set for strong 2018 growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2017 Despite entering what is typically considered the downturn year of a cyclical period in air travel, the aviation industry is expected to continue its strong growth in 2018, underpinned by strong global economic growth. While the past three cycles in air travel lasted around eight years before... 

Business aviation company reports strong first quarter growth at its African bases

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2017 Business aviation company ExecuJet reported on Wednesday that its African operations had enjoyed significant growth in activity during the first quarter of this year. The company, which is part of the Luxaviation Group, has Fixed-base operations (FBOs) at Lanseria International Airport (northwest... 

African and global air freight and passenger traffic rose in February

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 The growth in demand for air freight, measured in freight-tonne-kilometres (FTKs), in Africa increased by more than 10% in February, in comparison to February last year. African air passenger traffic, measured in revenue-passenger-kilometres (RPKs) jumped 7.1% over the same period. This has been... 

Good increases in passenger numbers at Acsa’s airports last year

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed when it published its latest “Aviation Barometer” report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from official Acsa... 

African and global airlines enjoyed strong passenger growth last year

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 Last year, African airlines experienced their strongest year of passenger growth since 2012, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. Passenger numbers on international flights within, and to and from, the continent, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs),... 

Airports company reports good increases in passenger numbers in 2016

By: Keith Campbell     14th February 2017 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) had a record year last year, in terms of the numbers of passengers who passed through its airports. This was revealed on Tuesday when it published its latest 'Aviation Barometer' report. This is the fourth edition of the report, which is compiled from... 

Solar power plants planned for all domestic airports

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) plans to build solar power plants at all six of the South African airports its owns and operates by November this year. 

Local air travel maintains positive growth trajectory year-on-year

By: Samantha Herbst     15th November 2016 Air passenger numbers climbed steady year-on-year in the third quarter of 2016, according to Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA’s) latest Aviation Barometer for the three months to September 30. ACSA recorded a 4.4% year-on-year increase in total arrivals and departures, compared with the... 

Air travel demand expected to double in next two decades

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2016 Demand for air travel is expected to nearly double from 3.8-billion air passengers in 2016 to 7.2-billion passengers in 2035, mostly on the back of surging growth from the Asia-Pacific region, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said on Tuesday. Iata believes that more than half of... 

Fastjet once again wins Transport Africa’s Innovation Award

29th June 2016 Fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, was awarded the Transport Innovator Award for a second consecutive year at the 9th Transport Africa Awards 2016 held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 28 June 2016. The Transport Africa Awards set out to identify and reward leaders in transportation who... 

Air passenger traffic forecast to double over next 15 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 Worldwide, air transport has proven very resilient over the past 45 years, despite periodic major crises. This was highlighted by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy to international aerospace journalists at the company’s recent Innovation Days briefing in Hamburg. Since 1970,... 

Airbus still confident about future air traffic growth

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2016 Worldwide, air transport has proven very resilient over the past 45 years, despite periodic major crises. This was highlighted by Airbus COO customers John Leahy to international aerospace journalists in Hamburg on Tuesday. Since 1970, when the Boeing 747 Jumbo jet first entered commercial... 

Fastjet gets South Africa flying

31st May 2016 Fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, has been making travel dreams come true for over 2 million of its passengers across the African skies since launching in November 2012.   As an initiative to boost even more South Africans flying, fastjet has announced that any passengers purchasing... 

Fastjet’s first flight between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg takes to the skies

29th March 2016 Fastjet’s first flight between Johannesburg in South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe took to the skies on Friday, 25 March 2016, marking an important milestone in the pan-African airline’s growth plans. The flight was fastjet’s first international route from Victoria Falls and was launched... 

Fastjet adds new S Africa/Zimbabwe route despite financial squeeze 

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2016 Embattled pan-African low cost carrier fastjet (as it styles itself) has announced on Tuesday it will start flying between Johannesburg, South Africa and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on March 25. The twice-weekly route will be served with an Airbus A319 single-aisle airliner with a capacity of up to... 

Fastjet announces flights linking Victoria Falls and Johannesburg

8th March 2016 Fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, has announced that it will commence flights to Victoria Falls from Johannesburg on 25 March 2016 in response to strong passenger and tour operator demand from within the South African market.   Services between Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International... 

Air travel demand rose significantly last year

By: Keith Campbell     19th February 2016 The International Air Transport association (IATA) has reported that last year saw the strongest demand for air travel in five years. Measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs), global air traffic demand in 2015 was 6.5% higher than in 2014. This figure was also solidly above the 5.5%... 

Amadeus leads $40M investment in Africa’s fast growing online travel agency, Travelstart

3rd February 2016 Amadeus, the global technology investor, today announced a $40m investment in Travelstart in partnership with MTN, Africa’s leading mobile and digital life services operator. Travelstart is the leading online travel agency in Africa, and has built a market leadership position in South Africa,... 

Fastjet’s daily flights between Harare and Johannesburg take off

1st February 2016 Low-cost airline expands its pan-African network launching daily and direct international flights linking Zimbabwe and South Africa Fastjet’s inaugural flight between Harare in Zimbabwe and Johannesburg in South Africa took off today, Monday 1 February 2016, marking the low-cost airline’s newest... 

Aerotropolis concept advantageous for economy

By: Nadine James     22nd January 2016 If properly implemented, the aerotropolis concept will ultimately lead to improved connectivity, job creation, urbanisation and local accessibility, says airport management company Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).  

Air transport catalyst for economic growth across African Continent

22nd January 2016 Greater distances, more widely dispersed populations and lack of terrestrial infrastructure makes aviation an essential catalyst for social and economic progress on the African continent, says airport management company Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).  

Fastjet announces new flights linking South Africa and Zimbabwe

18th January 2016 Low-cost airline expands its pan-African network with direct international routes from Johannesburg to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe Fastjet has announced that its newest international routes will be from Johannesburg to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.The launch of these routes is... 

Alcoa lands $2.5bn in Boeing deals

By: Henry Lazenby     17th December 2015 Lightweight alloys specialist Alcoa has clinched long-term supply contracts valued at more than $2.5-billion with US airliner manufacturer Boeing. NYSE-listed Alcoa would supply Boeing with multi-material fastening systems for every Boeing platform in its largest fastener deal ever. It would also... 

fastjet adds new Zanzibar to Joburg route

By: News24Wire      4th December 2015 Low cost pan-African airline fastjet has announced they will be operating daily flights to Zanzibar from Johannesburg from 11 January 2016, in response to strong passenger and tour operator demand from within the South African market. Return flight ticket prices to the Spice Island from... 

Mango expects to announce profit for 2014/15

By: African News Agency      16th November 2015 Low-cost airline Mango expects to post a profit for the past financial year, the airline said on Sunday. Mango celebrated several milestones in its near decade-long history on Sunday, CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said in a statement. 

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