Region – Africa / Middle East

British fighter jets escort Qatar Airways aircraft to Manchester airport

/ August 5, 2014 08:22

British fighter jets escorted an Airbus A330-300 passenger plane into Manchester airport on Tuesday Aug. 5 after the pilot reported that a suspect device was possibly on board, police said. “An incoming plane has been escorted into the airport by the Royal […]


Emirates suspends flights to Guinea over Ebola

/ August 4, 2014 11:15

Emirates has suspended flights to Guinea over Ebola, becoming the first major airline to impose a ban in response to the outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa. Flights were suspended from Saturday until further notice, the airline said […]


Twenty people killed in the latest battles to control of Tripoli airport

/ August 3, 2014 11:31

Libya’s government said more than 20 people had been killed in the latest battles between factions seeking to control of Tripoli airport, while fighting led to a huge fire raging nearby at the city’s fuel depot. Rival factions allied to […]


Royal Jordanian resumes flights to Iraq

/ August 3, 2014 11:06

Royal Jordanian, one of the main airlines serving Iraq, said on Sunday Aug. 3 it had resumed flights to Iraq after a 24-hour suspension due to security concerns. The airline did not elaborate in its statement on why it reversed […]


FAA restricts US airlines from flying below 30,000 feet over Iraq

/ August 1, 2014 10:59

The Federal Aviation Administration has restricted US airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet (9,100 m) over Iraq, citing a “potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict” there. The agency issued a special advisory on the change late […]


Sierra Leone’s Lungi Airport cancels flights due to Ebola outbreak

/ July 31, 2014 11:35

Sierra Leone said passengers arriving and departing Lungi Airport would be subject to new protocols, including body temperature scans. Two regional airlines, Nigeria’s Arik and Togo’s Asky, have canceled all flights to Freetown and Monrovia after a US citizen died […]


Ebola’s symptoms include external and internal bleeding

/ July 31, 2014 11:30

Ebola’s symptoms include external bleeding, massive internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea in its final stages. The disease kills up to 90 percent of those infected, though the fatality rate in the current epidemic is running at around 60 percent. The […]


Nigeria starts screening passengers for Ebola

/ July 31, 2014 11:29

Nigeria’s civil aviation authority (NCAA) said on Thursday Jul. 31 it had started temperature screening passengers arriving from places at risk from Ebola and had suspended pan-African airline Asky for bringing the first case to Lagos. Ebola has been blamed […]


Some of Air Algerie crash means victims may not be identified

/ July 30, 2014 13:04

French air accident investigators say they are reasonably optimistic about establishing what caused an Air Algérie aircraft to fall from the sky over Mali on Thursday, apparently plunging more than 30,000ft in three minutes. However, identifying the 118 victims is […]


Girls who allege they were sexually abused by British Airways pilot in African schools plan to sue

/ July 30, 2014 12:01

Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held […]

Airlines are rethinking flight routes since the downing of Malaysia flight MH17

Airlines are rethinking flight routes since the downing of Malaysia flight MH17

/ July 30, 2014 08:09

Major airlines are taking differing stances to flying over Iraq, reflecting the piecemeal approach airlines currently take to flying over conflict zones. Airlines have been rethinking flight routes since the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 earlier this month. Some […]


Air Algerie AH5017 pilots asked to turn back due to bad weather

/ July 29, 2014 13:25

The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, has revealed that the pilots of an airliner that crashed in Mali last Thursday had asked to turn back. Mr Fabius said the crew of Air Algerie flight AH5017 requested to return to Burkina […]


Spain’s pilot’s union previously warned that Swiftair which operated Air Algerie flight AH5017 was unsafe

/ July 28, 2014 13:42

Spain’s pilot’s union previously condemned the poor working conditions at the charter company which operated Air Algerie flight AH5017, and claimed they were endangering passengers’ safety. The warning from the Spanish Airline Pilots’ Union (Sepla), which was issued last year […]


German pilots’ union criticises Lufthansa move to resume Israel route

/ July 28, 2014 13:37

Germany’s pilots’ union criticised a decision by Air Berlin and Lufthansa to resume flights to Israel, ending a ban imposed in response to fears that rockets fired from the Gaza Strip may hit aircraft. Lufthansa and Air Berlin said they […]

Emirates flights will avoid Iraqi airspace as violence rises

Emirates flights will avoid Iraqi airspace as violence rises

/ July 28, 2014 12:52

Emirates said on Monday Jul. 28 it will avoid Iraqi airspace, as the government in Baghdad struggles to contain Islamic insurgents who have captured vast areas of the country. After Malaysia Airlines MH17 was downed earlier this month in eastern […]


Airline fatalities worst since 2010

/ July 28, 2014 09:46

Commercial aviation is in the middle of its deadliest year since 2010, with the recent spate of air disasters making an abrupt break from three straight years of decline in airplane fatalities. Four air crashes in recent months, all involving […]


Rocket hits fuel storage tank in battle for Tripoli airport

/ July 28, 2014 09:20

A rocket hit a fuel storage tank in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, leaving fire-fighters struggling to extinguish a giant conflagration. Two rival brigades of former rebels fighting for […]


Air Algerie MD-83 crash investigation begins

/ July 27, 2014 16:11

Initial evidence taken from the remote Air Algerie MD-83 crash site indicates that the aircraft broke apart when it hit the ground early on Thursday morning, making an attack appear unlikely. French President Hollande confirmed that early signs pointed to […]