Region – Africa / Middle East

Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa for Ebola

/ October 3, 2014 11:19

Anxious to safeguard Islam’s haj pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa and have deployed mobile laboratories to test any suspected cases quickly. The kingdom expects nearly 3 million pilgrims in Mecca […]

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Airlines and airports hit by the Ebola epidemic are trying to prove that flying to West Africa is safe

/ October 2, 2014 09:15

Airlines and airports handling travel to countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic are trying to prove that flying to West Africa is safe, following concerns that the first case diagnosed in the United States could curtail services. Some airlines […]

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Demand for African flights from Asia has fallen due to Ebola virus concerns according to Emirates CEO

/ October 2, 2014 09:11

Emirates’ president Tim Clark said demand for flights to Africa from Asia has fallen due to concerns over the Ebola virus. “There are indications that demand in the east is coming off a little bit because of the perception that […]

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Jet Airways plans to increase flights between India and Abu Dhabi

/ September 24, 2014 12:46

Jet Airways has announced plans to dramatically increase connectivity between India and Abu Dhabi Int’l with effect from November this year. The carrier said in a statement that effective November 14, it will introduce four new daily direct flights linking […]

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Global experts issue new warnings of the scale of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak

/ September 23, 2014 13:25

Global experts issued stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak on Tuesday Sept. 23, with the US CDC estimating between 550,000 and 1.4 million people might be infected in the region by January. The US Centers […]

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Emirates adds a second daily A380 service to Mauritius

/ September 23, 2014 09:38

Emirates is moving forward the launch of its second daily A380 service to Mauritius to next month. The Gulf airline had been scheduled to start flying a second superjumbo to the destination on December 1. Now, the A380 service will […]

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CEIBA Intercontinental will resume flights to West Africa

/ September 23, 2014 09:37

CEIBA Intercontinental will shortly resume scheduled flights to West Africa suspended in mid-August owing to the current Ebola outbreak there. Equatoguinean president Teodoro Obiang Nguema made the announcement during last week’s meeting with the United Nations in which he revealed […]

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RwandAir plans to start Asian and European flights in 2016

RwandAir plans to start Asian and European flights in 2016

/ September 23, 2014 09:31

RwandAir, based in Kigali, could make its Asian and European début during the financial years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, respectively, according to maverick CEO John Mirenge. Speaking to the local press following the presentation of the airline’s five-year strategic plan to […]

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Emirates Airline CEO suggest Airbus could make a final decision over the A380NEO very soon

Emirates Airline CEO suggest Airbus could make a final decision over the A380NEO very soon

/ September 22, 2014 16:58

Emirates Airline’s fleet of Airbus A380s is sure to get bigger, but its next order for the Super Jumbo could be for an upgraded version of the aircraft should Airbus proceed with the development of the re-engined A380NEO project to […]

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Ethiopian Airlines orders 20 Boeing 737-8 MAXs

Ethiopian Airlines orders 20 Boeing 737-8 MAXs

/ September 22, 2014 11:19

Ethiopian Airlines announced on Sept. 20 an order for 20 Boeing 737-8 MAXs. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights […]

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Pegasus Airlines to start African flights

/ September 22, 2014 11:12

Pegasus Airlines is set to make its African début later next month when it launches flights to Egypt. The Turkish carrier said in a statement that weekly flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada will commence […]

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Med-View Airline begins West African flights

/ September 22, 2014 10:56

Med-View Airline, based in Kano, commenced regional West African operations on September 15 with the launch of daily Lagos to Accra flights. Until now, the carrier had focussed on domestic Nigerian flights connecting Lagos with Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt Omagwa, […]

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Air Seychelles will resume flights to India

Air Seychelles will resume flights to India

/ September 22, 2014 10:12

Air Seychelles, based in Mahé will resume services to India on Dec. 2 of 2014 with a three times weekly service to Mumbai Int’l. The route will operate on-board an A320-200 aircraft configured with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy […]

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Airlines suspend Yemen flights due to violence

/ September 21, 2014 11:24

Emirates and Etihad Airways have both suspended their respective services to Sana until further notice following an escalation in violence in and around the Yemeni capital. Other carriers such as EgyptAir and Royal Jordanian have also rescheduled their services. “Due […]

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Dubai will expand its second airport to handle over 200 million passengers

/ September 8, 2014 12:32

Dubai will spend USD32 billion on expanding its second airport to handle over 200 million people annually next decade, roughly three times the current level of passenger traffic through the emirate. The expansion could allow Emirate to shift its operations […]

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Tunisia and Egypt have canceled all flights to Libya

/ August 21, 2014 17:26

Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport have canceled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries said on Thursday. Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation but Libyan news agency LANA said Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights for security reasons. […]

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa is putting off thousands of tourists

/ August 21, 2014 16:17

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is putting off thousands of tourists who had planned trips to Africa this year, including to destinations thousands of miles from the nearest infected community. Ebola, which can kill up to 90 percent of […]

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Hamas Islamists threatens to fire more rockets at Ben-Gurion Airport

/ August 19, 2014 16:51

The armed wing of the Hamas Islamist militant group that dominates Gaza has threatened to aim more rocket fire at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and cautioned international airlines to avoid it. Citing Israel’s air strikes in Gaza that […]

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