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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…

SE Aeronautics has announced the launch of what they refer to as the next generation of aircraft, a new widebody airliner concept that is 100% monocoque molded.  The new design will herald a new era of travel with an unprecedented level of efficiency, sustainability, safety, comfort and operating cost. According to SE aeronautics, Aircraft manufacturers have been using the same aircraft design for the past 60 years, with few exceptions.  “Our innovative technology and new aircraft design will lower fuel consumption by 70% and lower CO2 emissions by 80% as measured by per seat kilometer. The innovative design is a more efficient, light-tri wing configuration that greatly improves lift over drag, resulting in short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities and extremely long flights. The construction is all composite, molded in one tough, safer piece. We also incorporated super thin, long wings and complete streamlining from the nose to the tail.…

Uganda Airlines has moved to establish full control of ground handling services at its hub, Entebbe international airport. The national airline has reportedly spent USD 5 Million on equipment in preparation for ground handling operations According to state owned media, a team led by the country’s minister of transport Katumba Wamala along with Airline representatives have told the parliament’s physical infrastructure committee that an additional sum of USD 13 Million will be required for the Airline’s full take-over of ground handling operations at the Entebbe hub The Uganda government views its ground-handling plans as both a cost cutting measure and another way for the airline to make money. It is expected that taking control of this key part of the airline’s value chain will help drive efficiencies in the Airline’s operations after a year in which global airlines made record losses due to the pandemic and an industry recovery still…

United Airlines is in the advanced stages of re-launching its services to Ghana. Over 8 years after the route was cut, United’s quest for growth has seen the airline look eastwards, awarding seats to Accra with the new Washington to Accra flight. Starting May 14, 2021, United Airlines will launch 3x weekly flights between Washington Dulles and Accra. Outbound flights to Accra will operate on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays while return flights will operate Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. At the moment, Delta Airlines is the only US airline flying to Ghana as it operates 3x weekly services between New York JFK and Accra utilizing the B767-300 aircraft. South African airways which used to operate this route is currently under business rescue, a form of bankruptcy protection and consequently out of service. Confirming the direct flights between Ghana and the USA, the US Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan said, “In addition…

On Monday 30th March, the Morocco government suspended flights to and from France and Spain amid a surge in coronavirus cases, according to a statement from the country’s ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ban is to take effect from Tuesday and for unspecified period of time. Special flights will however be permitted under “reinforced controls” according to the statement. “As part of the preventive measures adopted by Morocco against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, passenger flights to and from France and Spain will be suspended as of tomorrow, March 30, 2021, at 11h59 until further notice,” said a spokesman. Movement between these countries has accelerated before the suspension comes into effect, as the country’s national carrier Royal Air Maroc increased its connections to France and Spain in response to demand A worrying rise in coronavirus infections around the world has led to countries re-imposing lockdowns to mitigate the spread of…

Airports Council International (ACI) World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira, while speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit has reiterated the industry’s need to work together to safeguard and rebuild the millions of aviation jobs threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. He re-affirmed that air transport remains a vital part of the economy which, in pre-COVID-19 times, supports 88 million jobs and contributes $3.5 trillion to global Gross Domestic Product. “To ensure that aviation can continue to provide the economic and social benefits, it is crucial that we work together across the industry and hand in hand with ICAO and international health organisations to ensure a coordinated recovery while providing crucial reassurance to travellers and staff,” he said. “Around 60% of aviation jobs are at airports and local economies have been heavily affected by the reduction of activity and job losses due to the impact and effects…

Unease, shock and nerves describe the current mood at Uganda Airlines where a shake-up is currently underway. According to sources, the top hierarchy including the CEO, Cornwell Muleya have been sent packing after a dramatic intervention by my transport minister General Katumba Wamala, on orders from the state house State owned media has reported that up to 10 of Uganda Airlines top management including the CEO, financial director, head of safety and human resource director have gone on 3 months leave. But the move, according to a source, is due to allegations of corruption, mismanagement and poor performance within the state-owned entity and will allow for a full investigation into the matter. A new acting CEO, Captain Steven Wegoye has been appointed to oversee a transition Both the transport minister and head of Uganda Airlines board have maintained in a response to state owned media that the entire management team…

South African Airways subsidiary, Mango Airlines has completed a chaotic day of flight disruptions and negotiations over owed debt. The low cost carrier was earlier suspended from operating at airports owned by Airports Company South Africa, due to outstanding debt. A social media statement from the airline reads: “Mango Airlines apologises for today’s flight interruptions and delays. We can confirm that our services and all flights are temporarily suspended for today only, due to outstanding payments to ACSA” Airline representatives spent the day locked in negotiations with ACSA and evidently found a breakthrough with ACSA later announcing a lifting of the afore-mentioned suspension An official statement from ACSA reads: “Airports Company South Africa can confirm as reported earlier today that it had suspended Mango Airlines from using its airports due to outstanding debt. Airports Company South Africa has since lifted the suspension on Mango Airline with immediate effect. This follows…

Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda are the latest African countries to suspend flights originating from India as the Asian country reports a surging average of 314,000 cases a day testing positive for COVID-19. The suspension has naturally extended to destination carriers Kenya Airways and RwandAir who have cancelled all flights “Until further notice” For flights cancelled by the airlines, passengers are nevertheless assured of being able to re-book their flights or get a refund for the unused portion of their ticket at a later date. The ferocious surge in the new cases seems to be reversing the industry’s biggest travel comebacks, as Asian carriers were the first to show signs of recovery. Indian carriers had reached 87% of their pre-pandemic seat capacity through early April, according to Bloomberg analysis of data from flight tracker OAG, but that progress has now unravelled led by a pullback in domestic flights, which make up the vast…