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Old December 3rd, 2007, 11:59 AM   #341
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SAfrican grounded carrier denies use of bogus parts: CEO

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 2, 2007 (AFP) - South Africa's grounded budget carrier Nationwide Airlines denied on Sunday it used bogus parts on its fleet, while adding it was working to address concerns raised by aviation authorities.

"Nationwide procures only authentic parts and consumables from legitimate suppliers. We do not use bogus, or so-called 'pirate' parts," the company's chief executive, Vernon Bricknell, said in a statement.

South African aviation officials on Friday had ordered the immediate grounding of Nationwide's 16 aircraft after an engine fell off one of its planes during take-off on November 7 in Cape Town. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in which no one was injured.

Zakes Myeza, head of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), said Nationwide's safety certificate had been suspended for one month and could be withdrawn permanently if the "deficiencies" persist.

The acting head of SACAA's air safety operations department, Obert Chakarisa, told reporters that preliminary findings of the review had found the airline had used the wrong spare parts in maintenance.

"When we were reviewing the package on the aircraft, we discovered that one aircraft has wrong parts and others do not have the correct part numbers," he said.

Bricknell said that the company had "provided the SACAA with a full plan and we are working flat out around the clock to address the issues so that we can resume normal operations as soon as possible."

While mainly flying between South African cities, Nationwide also operates weekly flights on the London to Johannesburg route and to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls.

The airline had said in a statement on Saturday that it was forced to cancel more than 90 flights as a result of the sanction, a situation which has impacted about 9,000 travellers.
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 05:39 PM   #342
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Airline fees doubled, black market dominates in Zimbabwe
3 December 2007

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The state airline doubled its fares Monday and the cost of a new Zimbabwe passport went up thirty fold.

Spiraling prices also saw restaurant and bar prices double over the weekend, and prices were sometimes raised during a restaurant meal.

Waitresses in a sports club advised patrons to place their orders before a price hike came into force an hour later and some restaurants began accepting American currency as chronic shortages of local cash worsened.

A new spate of price increases in the crumbling economy dealt a further blow to official efforts to combat black market dealing in money and goods and left Zimbabweans facing the reality of living in a U.S. "dollarized" world as their own currency slumped in value.

In a statement to travel agents, Air Zimbabwe said Monday a round trip to London doubled to 804 million Zimbabwe dollars, about US$400 (euro272) at the dominant black market exchange rate or a massive US$ 27,000 (euro18,365) at the obsolete official exchange rate of 30,000-1.

The central bank has not officially devalued the local currency but has said imported luxuries for the upcoming Christmas period can be sold at an exchange rate equivalent of 850,000-1, less than half the black market rate.

That pricing would be monitored by government price control inspectors, making imports available only at a loss to businesses already battling to stay viable.

Notices in the Harare passport office Monday showed a range of higher costs from immediate effect in local currency for passports and other documents.

A regular passport went up thirty fold and passports were also being issued in a "fast track" service over several days for US$220 (euro150) in American bills.

Official inflation in October was given nearly 8,000 percent, by far the highest in the world. Independent finance houses estimate real inflation stands closer to 40,000 percent and the International Monetary Fund has forecast it reaching 100,000 percent by the end of the year.

After an absence of five months, cigarettes have reappeared in stores after the price doubled to about 50 U.S. cents (34 euro cents) a pack, still among the cheapest tobacco products in the world at the black market exchange rate, but the most expensive at US$40 (euro28) a pack at the government's official exchange rate.

A senior teacher earns about the equivalent of US$10 (euro7) a month at the unofficial exchange rate.

Until disruptions to the agriculture-based economy began with the often violent seizures of thousands of white-owned commercial farms in 2000, Zimbabwe was the world's second largest tobacco exporter after Brazil.

With price increases Monday, local beer was catching up with international prices of up to US$3 (euro2) a bottle.

According to additional independent estimates, inflation last month exceeded 70,000 percent for upper income Zimbabweans who travel, use mobile phones and e-mail and buy scarce gasoline, car spares, computer accessories and luxuries such as liquor and restaurant meals.
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Old December 11th, 2007, 04:43 AM   #343
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Nigeria says to reopen oil hub airport on Dec. 18

LAGOS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The main airport serving the oil-producing Niger Delta in southern Nigeria will reopen for daytime domestic flights on Dec. 18, officials said on Monday, two years after a plane crashed trying to land there.

The international airport at Port Harcourt, the delta's main city and oil hub where foreign companies including Royal Dutch Shell have offices, was closed in August 2006.

The crash during a storm on Dec. 10, 2005, killed 106 people half of whom were school children on their way home for Christmas. An official report said the runway lights were off due to a power cut and the plane burnt on the ground because there was no functioning fire-fighting equipment.

The airport closure was due to last four months and enable the aviation agency to repair the runway and build a perimeter fence, among other improvements. But work has progressed slowly and is yet to be completed.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said the runway has now been fully refurbished while work on the terminal building was 70 percent complete. The lights and firefighting equipment are also being overhauled, it said in a statement.

"I have just approved the release of more funds for the due completion of all civil works at the Port Harcourt International Airport," FAAN managing director Richard Aisuebeogun said.

The airport will operate only daytime local flights until early next year when it will ready for international and night-time flights, the agency said. Before the closure, Air France and Lufthansa used to fly there.

The crash two years ago came seven weeks after another domestic flight had crashed near Lagos, killing 117 people. The government responded by grounding several domestic carriers and promising swift reforms and investment in aviation.

But 10 months later another domestic flight crashed just after taking off from Abuja. That disaster killed 99 people including the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslims.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 12:18 PM   #344
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Africa to shore up troubled aviation watchdog: ministers

LIBREVILLE, Dec 15, 2007 (AFP) - African ministers Saturday underscored their commitment to a continental aviation watchdog that has been in crisis since the threatened pullout of two member states.

The ministerial committee of the Agency for the Security of Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) also announced in a statement it would "put in place a mechanism for the prevention and management of crises, notably institutional ones," following a two-day meeting in Gabon.

In October, Madagascar threatened to quit the 48-year-old organisation. It subsequently said it would review its decision but has yet to issue a definite answer.

After threatening a similar pullout in November, Dakar said it was "suspending" that move and called for an audit before reaching a final decision.

The committee bowed to the audit call, even as it urged in its statement for Senegal's "definitive return to the heart of the community" and for Madagascar to revise its position.

Founded in 1959, ASECNA oversees traffic across an airspace which is 1.5 times bigger than Europe. It also supervises take-offs and landings at 27 airports on the continent.

While Africa accounts for just three percent of world aircraft departures, it tops the list in air mishaps. It accounted for 28 percent of all fatal aviation accidents in 2003, the last year for which comprehensive statistics are available.

Member nations include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Comoros Islands, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo as well as France which has overseas territories off the coast of Africa.

Mali and the Central African Republic previously have withdrawn from the organisation in the past but then rejoined it.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:23 PM   #345
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Airliners collide at Khartoum without causing injuries: official

KHARTOUM, Dec 23, 2007 (AFP) - Two passenger airliners collided while taxiing at Khartoum international airport on Sunday without causing any injuries, an airport official said.

The wing of an EgyptAir plane that was preparing to take off hit the back of a Saudia aircraft causing damage but no injuries, airport director Yussef Ibrahim told the official SUNA news agency.

Passengers returning from the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca had just disembarked from the Saudi plane when it was hit.

The airport remained open following the accident and the two planes were being repaired.

Two people were killed at Khartoum airport in November when a cargo plane skidded off the runway after making an emergency landing.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #346
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anyone have the updated airline stats for african airports? we get them for South Africa, but was wondering if someone has for the rest of the continent including us
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Old December 27th, 2007, 11:24 AM   #347
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We haven't really received any South African stats for a long time now...and even on ACSA's website it stagnated at August.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 04:23 PM   #348
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normally greg is our man, but he's been globe hopping and had no time for us "little" people
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Old December 28th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #349
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Ha ha... I'll see what I can find. Still trying to catch up at work, dealing with a mountain of papers and emails.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 10:19 AM   #350
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Ok here's Africa's top 40 as at August 2007 (Source ACI). Figures are number of 1000 pax for Sep06-Aug07 (1 year).

1 JOHANNESBURG, ZA 18 858 12.2%
2 CAIRO, EG 11 684 11.2%
3 CAPETOWN, ZA 8 045 15.0%
4 SHARM EL SHEIKH 5 680 18.8%
5 HURGADA, EG 5 479 19.0%
6 CASABLANCA, MA 5 474 14.3%
7 NAIROBI, KE 4 686 6.9%
8 DURBAN, ZA 4 629 19.6%
9 LAGOS, NG 4 474 19.3%
10 MONASTIR, TN 4 286 3.3%
11 TUNIS, TN 3 873 6.4%
12 ALGIERS, DZ 3 696 7.1%
13 MARRAKECH, MA 3 096 18.9%
14 ADDIS ABABA, ET 2 669 27.3%
15 JERBA, TN 2 597 6.8%
16 MAURITIUS, MU 2 474 12.9%
17 ABUJA, NG 2 122 5.7%
18 LUXOR, EG 1 998 -1.4%
19 ST DENIS-GILLOT, RE 1 516 6.0%
20 AGADIR, MA 1 494 7.9%
21 PORT ELIZABETH, ZA 1 477 5.9%
22 DAR ES SALAAM, TZ 1 401 18.1%
23 MOMBASA, KE 1 307 13.4%
24 LUANDA, AO 1 240 21.9%
25 ACCRA, GH 1 139 12.8%
26 ASWAN, EG 899 -0.2%
27 ABIDJAN, CI 893 12.1%
28 ENTEBBE, UG 810 21.2%
29 ANTANANARIVO, MG 785 10.1%
30 EAST LONDON, ZA 738 16.8%
31 ILHA DO SAL, CV 735 -10.1%
32 LUSAKA, ZM 697 34.5%
33 HARARE, ZW 693 15.7%
34 WINDHOEK, NA 687 12.5%
35 MAPUTO, MZ 673 13.8%
36 ALEXANDRIA, EG 673 26.5%
37 BRAZZAVILLE, CG 663 11.0%
38 LIBREVILLE, GA 651 6.3%
39 GEORGE, ZA 629 6.0%
40 DOUALA, CM 592 9.4%

Note: Ranking excludes Dakar (approx 1 700) and Oran (approx. 900) as no current stats available.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 10:27 AM   #351
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These are the airports that have shown the biggest increase in pax from Dec06-Aug07 (9 months). This ranking doesn't indicate the % increase but rather the increase in the actual number of passengers. Notice how this ranking differs from the total pax list.

1. Johannesburg 1,525,000 more passengers since Dec06
2. Cairo 906,000
3. Cape Town 820,000
4. Hurgada 647,000
5. Sharm el Sheikh 631,000
6. Durban 600,000
7. Casablanca 509,000
8. Lagos 465,000
9. Marrakech 448,000
10. Addis Ababa 429,000
11. Mauritius 257,000
12. Nairobi 237,000
13. Algiers 213,000
14. Tunis 161,000
15. Dar es Salaam 156,000
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And this is how the list will look at the end of 2007 if the same growth continued into the 4th quarter.

1 JOHANNESBURG, ZA 19 579
2 CAIRO, EG 11 966
3 CAPETOWN, ZA 8 404
4 SHARM EL SHEIKH 6 028
5 HURGADA, EG 5 804
6 CASABLANCA, MA 5 700
7 DURBAN, ZA 4 898
8 LAGOS, NG 4 880
9 NAIROBI, KE 4 766
10 MONASTIR, TN 4 383
11 TUNIS, TN 3 962
12 ALGIERS, DZ 3 746
13 MARRAKECH, MA 3 201
14 ADDIS ABABA 2 852
15 JERBA, TN 2 633
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Old December 28th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #353
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awesome stuff thanx greggie.

We know how much of a big log mover Durban has been over the past few years (where was it sitting 4 years ago when we only had like 2m people)

But which others have raced up and those fallen off?

I see Durban and Lagos both continuing their big head upward, especially with the return of more international flights to Durban next year, and definately when the new airport opens.

Lagos must surely be growing from greater international flights correct? whats the nigerian domestic network like?

Joburg must be heading for 25 in the next few years, unless durban and ct start taking some international flights away, which is doubtful
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Old January 9th, 2008, 10:22 AM   #354
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Africa's busiest airports as at Sep 07:

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Where's Tripoli? They also have more than 1.5 million annual passengers.
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Yes, you're right but there's no current stats available for Tripoli. Dakar is also missing. Both airports have between 1.5 and 2 million pax so they'd be 19th and 20th on the list.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #358
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Durban has overtaken Nairobi
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Kenya Airways passenger numbers drop on unrest

NAIROBI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Kenya Airways has seen an 18 percent drop in passenger numbers from Europe since a disputed presidential election in December plunged Kenya into a political crisis, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

"The perception out there has affected us...the area where we have been hit to the tune of about 18 percent is around Europe," Titus Naikuni told Reuters in an interview.

Naikuni also said the airline had lost about 12-15 percent of its passengers from other routes in the past three weeks, after images of machete-wielding youths battling riot police were broadcast around the world.

Many cancelled or delayed visits to east Africa's biggest economy.

"The loads from Paris, Amsterdam and London have really come down. Mostly that is to do with businessmen who were supposed to be coming out here," he said, adding the airline makes more money from business travellers than tourism.

At least 650 people have been killed in clashes between supporters of Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who accuses the president of stealing the Dec 27 election.

Western governments have issued advisory warnings against all but essential travel to Kenya, once seen as a peaceful country in a war-scarred region.

Multinationals that use the airline to travel in Africa have advised their staff against travel to Kenya, Naikuni said.

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One of Africa's most profitable airlines, Kenya Airways posted an 18.8 percent drop in pre-tax profit to 2.8 billion Kenya shillings ($40.29 million) for the first half of 2007, from 3.5 billion shillings a year earlier mainly due to rising operating costs.

The carrier is also still recovering after one of its Boeing 737-800s crashed in a swamp in Cameroon in May 2007, killing 114 on board.

"The other area where we have been affected significantly is west Africa, specifically the Cameroon and Abijan routes ... because of the KQ 507 accident we had," Naikuni said.

Naikuni said routes to north Africa, China, and India had not been affected, and was optimistic the airline would recover.

"Odinga and President Kibaki will be able to sort out their differences...we should be able to recover soon," he said.

Analysts have warned that if the unrest continues, it would choke the country's economy which grew 6.9 percent in 2007, compared with 0.6 percent when Kibaki took over in 2002.

Naikuni said flights to the flashpoint of Kisumu, which were suspended, had resumed. Kisumu was wrecked by rioters who burnt and looted homes after the election results were announced.

The carrier is 26 percent owned by Air France's Dutch arm KLM and is listed on three east African bourses.

It faces competition from UK airline Virgin Atlantic which launched daily flights from London in June 2007. Middle East carriers Qatar Airlines and Emirates are also chipping into some of its business.

The airline has ordered six new Boeing Co. 787-8 planes to replace its 767s. (Editing by Tim Cocks)
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