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A bilateral disagreement has ensued after South Africa’s refusal of Delta Airline’s Johannesburg – Cape Town sector. Delta Airlines reversed plans to fly a triangular route between Atlanta in the United States, Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa. The surprising development comes as a hit to the city of Cape Town which receives a large number of tourist arrivals from the United States. Delta Airlines will now have to rely on interline partners to extend more options to its passengers According to simple flying, complexities around a bilateral agreement between the two countries are the reason behind Delta’s decision. The South African department of transport referred to 1996 Air Transport Agreement claiming that it “does not confer domestic coterminalization rights for designated airlines of both countries.” The United States does not agree with this interpretation and in the spirit of reciprocity has moved to bar South African Airways from…

British Airways will fly the 37-man Lions squad to South Africa on Sunday 27 June to kick off the eagerly awaited Lions Tour. The Lions arrival in Johannesburg sees the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales embarking on an eight-game Tour of South Africa, including three Tests against World Champions, the Springboks The Lions will board a British Airways charter flight from Edinburgh to Johannesburg to begin their preparations for the first game of the Tour which starts on Saturday 3 July, following the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup clash against Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 26 June. Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO said, “We are honoured to be flying The British & Irish Lions to South Africa ahead of their tour. After a difficult year, we look forward to uniting the nation through sport and cheering them on. From everyone at British Airways, we…

Ethiopian Airlines Group has today announced it has started operating flights with fully vaccinated crew against COVID-19 to keep travellers safe in light of the pandemic. The airline is committed to ensuring the maximum protection for all those flying in an Ethiopian aircraft by rigorously implementing COVID-19 precautionary measures including the launch of its own testing and isolation centre and digitization of its operation among others. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are pleased to operate flights with fully vaccinated crew – a significant step in protecting our employees’ and customers’ health safety.” “We are encouraged by the increasing number of passengers travelling for business, VFR and tourism supported by the confidence of vaccination across the world. We have been squarely focused on working very hard to ensure the safety of our staff and passengers since the pandemic broke out and this is another testament to our continued…

Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways have announced the expansion of their codeshare agreement  The extension enhances the airlines’ already extensive codeshare network, increasing customer choices and offering seamless travel between the 2 airlines and their respective networks The relationship between the carriers boosted their networks with the addition of 39 city choices across Africa, the United States and Canada, extending their reach and further aiding a much needed recovery from the travel slowdown caused by the corona pandemic According to a press release, the enhanced agreement enables Delta customers flying nonstop on the airline’s services from New York-JFK to Accra, Ghana, to connect with Delta-marketed codeshare flights to Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, operated by Kenya Airways. Delta-marketed codeshare flights will also be available on Kenya Airways’ services from Nairobi to Cape Town, South Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Kigali, Rwanda. From New York-JFK, Kenya Airways has placed its…

Qatar Airways is expanding its African reach adding new destinations to Zambia and Zimbabwe to its route network beginning August 6. The new service to Lusaka and onwards to Harare is scheduled to be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will connect passengers in Zambia and Zimbabwe with Qatar Airways’ global network of more than 140 destinations. With the addition of these two new routes the carrier will operate over 100 weekly flights to 27 destinations in Africa. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Africa continues to be an area of strong growth for Qatar Airways and launching this service will support the development of the economy and tourism sector in both countries. “Not only do we continue to rebuild our network after the pandemic, but we are actively expanding it with the addition of these two key destinations. These are the fifth…

Liberian Vice President, Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor has requested the Ugandan government to establish a direct air connection between the two countries via the national carrier, Uganda Airlines. The request was made during Dr. Howard-Taylor’s recent state visit to Uganda in which both parties sought to action areas of mutual interest and joint cooperation. Liberia’s lack of efficient air links highlights Africa’s broader issue of intra connectivity. A trip between the Liberian capital, Monrovia and Uganda’s hub at Entebbe would require multiple connections and in some cases, travel from Liberia to another African country involves connecting via a European hub. “We trust one day, sooner than later, they (Ugandan Airlines) will have a few outings to Monrovia. Regardless of whether it is once in seven days, we would cherish that since now you go from Monrovia to Accra and from Accra to Nairobi and from Nairobi to Uganda so it requires…

Burkina Faso and the United Arab Emirates have rekindled efforts towards bilateral air transport cooperation A Burkina Faso delegation led by the Minister of Transport, Urban Mobility and Security, Mr. Vincent Timbindi Dabilgou visited Dubai from June 10 to 11, 2021 as part of renewed efforts to action the bilateral air transport agreement signed in 2015 between Burkina Faso and the UAE At the time of its signing 6 years ago, the country’s main Airport, Ouagadougou International Airport was not ICAO certified, limiting the implementation of the bilateral agreement to only the transport of Cargo between the 2 countries Burkina Faso has been re-energized after ICAO certified the international airport last year, 2020 and concluded a positive meeting with the Emirati delegation led by Sheick Majid Al Mualla, Vice-President in charge of international relations and including Adnan Kazim, Commercial Director, Mohamed Riza, commercial manager for Africa, Seed Bin Hafedh, Head…

In recent years a resurgence of national carrier projects has been observed in Africa. However, Africa’s Aviation history is beset by the failure of prominent state-owned airlines such as Air Afrique, Air Uganda, Air Zimbabwe, the most recent being Air Namibia and South African Airways. This has created a stigma around national carriers and has drawn criticism surrounding the need and value of African owned airlines. A few airlines however have proven to be extremely successful and resilient particularly during this pandemic. How can state-owned airlines succeed? and what are the government’s roles in aviation? What should these new airlines do to avoid the fate of so many? First and foremost, the purpose of creating a national airline needs to be clear. Whether it is part of a tourism development strategy, to be connected to the rest of the world, like Air Mauritius or Rwandair, to ensure the continuity of…

Delta Airlines has announced it will make its return to South Africa with a nonstop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg beginning Aug. 1. It surely looks like the airline is ditching its plans to fly a “triangular” route from Atlanta to Johannesburg to Cape Town to Atlanta, but will however use its local interline partners to provide convenient connections to Cape Town. The return of the airline’s longest nonstop flight marks the milestone of Delta restoring services to all its pre-COVID African market, which include Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria more than a year after pausing flights due to COVID-19. “Delta has proudly served South Africa for more than 15 years, and we’re thrilled to return to a market so highly sought after by tourists,” said Joe Esposito, S.V.P. – Network Planning. “Two-thirds of Americans report making summer travel plans, and with demand growing rapidly alongside U.S. vaccination…

EgyptAir on 17 June, inaugurated a new route that will be operated from Prague, Czech Republic to Hurghada, Egypt with thenew route aimed at supporting the tourism links between Egypt and Czech Republic as well as the country’s efforts towards reviving air travel. The first flight from Prague to Hurghada flew with 97 passengers on-board, according to the airline. The route will operate twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays, utilizing the carrier’s Airbus A220-300 equipped with WIFI connectivity with a total of 137 seats. Passengerswill have the convenience to choose from 122 seats in Economy Class and 15 seats in First Class seats located in a separate part of the cabin. The flight ticket price includes one piece of checked baggage of up to 23kg in weight, accompanied with free snacks duringthe four and half hour flight with access to the in-flight entertainment system using an own mobile device. “Direct flights from Prague to popular holiday resorts in Egypt have long been sought after by Czech passengers. We believe that, during the summer season, the new connection to Hurghada will be used by those interested in trips organised by…