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Old July 28th, 2005, 06:56 PM   #121
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Mozambique Boosts Anti-Terrorism Security At Airports
28 July 2005

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP)--Special security brigades started operating at Mozambique's airports Thursday in a drive to prevent terrorism and drug trafficking.

The Mozambique News Agency said the force was made up of 57 agents trained by the Portuguese Public Security Police to control public and restricted areas of the airports, electronically inspect luggage and prevent of armed attacks, hijackings and other terrorist acts.

The chairman of the Mozambique Airports company, Solomone Cossa, said that the new force would improve passenger safety and boost the fight against the narcotics trade.

Mozambique is a known corridor for drug trafficking in southern Africa. Like many other developing countries, it suffers from lack of security equipment and expertise, making it a potential soft target for terrorism.

The deployment of the anti-terrorism force comes three weeks after the London subway and bus bombings killed 56 and in the wake of the bombings in an Egyptian tourist resort.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #122
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British Airways to suspend cargo flights to Zambia

LUSAKA, July 28 (AFP) - British Airways is suspending cargo flights to Zambia as of August 9 due to the high cost of fuel, country manager Manatunga Nilanthi said Thursday.

Nilanthi said the cost of fuel in Zambia was significantly higher than other countries in southern Africa.

"It was becoming difficult and uneconomical to maintain the freight service," Nilanthi said in a statement.

She said British Airways was spending over four million dollars (3.3 million euros) a year in fuel costs in Zambia, which she said was very high compared to other countries.

The Export Growers Association of Zambia (ZEGA) said the suspension of the cargo flights by British Airways was likely to affect exports of fresh vegetables to Europe.

"We used to export about 40 tonnes a week of vegetables and fresh flowers to the European market. The suspension will negatively impact our business," said Luke Mbewe, chairman of ZEGA.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 06:32 PM   #123
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Kenya Airways passenger numbers up in Q1

NAIROBI, July 29 (Reuters) - Kenya Airways carried 524,029 passengers in the first quarter of its fiscal year ended June 30, a nearly 19 percent increase over the same period the previous year when it carried 441,781 passengers, the airline said on Friday.

"The achieved cabin factor of 70.8 percent shows better performance than prior year's level of 69.1 percent," the airline said in a statement.

"This has been the result of an improvement in the passenger traffic and the airline's efficient capacity management."

The airline attributed the growth to introduction of new bigger Boeing 777 planes to flights on routes in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Southern Africa.

Kenya Airways, one of Africa's few profitable airlines, said that it had the biggest rise in passenger traffic on its West Africa route after it replaced some of its Boeing 737 planes to Kinshasa, Accra and Abidjan with Boeing 767s.

The route recorded a growth of 22 percent compared to the previous year.

The number of domestic passengers jumped by 24 percent compared to the previous year, driven by higher traffic to Mombasa as a result of more tourists visiting the east African country due to relaxed travel advisories, the airline said.

The company's shares ended trading on Friday at 66.00 Kenya shillings ($0.867) from 65.50 shillings on Thursday.

Kenya Airways is listed on the Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Kampala stock exchanges. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which is part of Air France-KLM , owns 26 percent of the airline.
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Old August 6th, 2005, 02:23 AM   #124
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Airbus backs off tendering for Morocco jets

RABAT, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Airbus said on Friday it would not take part in tendering for the supply to Morrocan airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) of four long-haul aircraft, leaving the potential $790 million deal to Boeing .

The European planemaker said it had "regretfully" decided not to put in an offer by a July deadline because the airline's needs were not clear.

"We are ready and willing to continue consultations and to discuss all proposals by RAM," an Airbus spokeswoman said in France, where the company is based.

Airbus had initially offered its future A350 mid-sized carrier against Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in the tender to replace RAM's 757 and 767 Boeing aircraft, Airbus officials said.

The purchase is part of a programme launched in 2000 for the purchase of 22 to 24 aircraft to renovate RAM's fleet of 32.

The A350 and 787 are at the heart of a transatlantic fight between Boeing and Airbus for control of the novel mid-sized, long-range segment of the jet market.

After redesigning its original concept for the A350 to include more seats, Airbus has been waging a counter-offensive against the 787 since the Paris Air Show in June, with the two rivals battling for every last plane order.

"It's with regret that we withdraw our bid for this RAM deal," David Dufrenois, Airbus sales manager for Morocco, was quoted by the semi-official Le Matin newspaper as saying.

"The terms of this tender are not clear and bid deadlines are too short," he added.

Dufrenois spoke during a private lunch with a handful of journalists from local newspapers in Casablanca on Thursday.

Some analysts say the rival jetmakers are treading carefully to avoid being played off against each other to depress prices as the industry recovers from a damaging recession.

Aside from a previous order for four A321-300 short-haul Airbus jets, RAM's loyalties have mainly been with Boeing.

Two of the A321s ordered in 2000 have been delivered and the other two will be delivered in 2007, Airbus said.

Le Matin and business daily L'Economiste said RAM will make a decision on the long-haul deal in September and has set a July deadline for the two manufacturers to make their bids, without precise details.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 12:31 AM   #125
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Royal Air Maroc Selects Boeing Dreamliner

AP - Morocco's national airline plans to purchase up to five Boeing 787 jets, officials said Wednesday.

Royal Air Maroc and Boeing Co. said they signed a memorandum of understanding on July 31 for the airline to buy the fuel-efficient, long-range aircraft. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Moroccan carrier and Chicago-based Boeing, which builds most of its commercial planes in Washington state, expect to finish negotiations in September.

The 787 is slated to enter commercial service in 2008. Boeing said it has 257 total orders for the jets and commitments from 21 airlines.
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Old September 5th, 2005, 06:07 PM   #126
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Eleven dead in DR Congo plane crash

KINSHASA, Sept 5 (AFP) - Eleven people were killed on Monday when an Antonov 26 freight aircraft struck a tree near Isiro airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aviation offials said.

The death toll of 11, issued by the national aviation authority (RVA), was higher than a provisional figure of seven given by local officials and the UN-funded Okapi radio.

"The accident has caused 11 deaths -- seven passengers, three Russian crew members and an escort, a member of the company that owned the aircraft," RVA director Emmanuel Mokoko told AFP.

Deputy governor of Orientale province, Autsai Asenga Medard, earlier said the Antonov, owned by private airline Galaxie, caught fire after apparently hitting a tree as it came in to land at about 0630 GMT.

"The weather was very bad at Isiro and that may be one of the reasons for the accident," Medard told AFP by telephone from the provincial centre, Kisangani.

The plane crashed 1.5 kilometres (about a mile) short of the runway after flying from Beni, a town in eastern Nord-Kivu province, Okapi radio reported.
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Old September 6th, 2005, 02:33 AM   #127
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Zambia reduces jet fuel price by five percent to avert aviation crisis

LUSAKA, Sept 5 (AFP) - Zambia has decided to cut the price of jet fuel by five percent to deal with an aviation crisis that has seen British Airways cancelling its cargo flights to the southern African country, a senior state official said Monday.

Energy Minister George Mpombo said the government had decided to slash the fuel price in order to allow passenger and cargo carriers to uphold their Zambian routes.

Several commercial airlines had complained to Lusaka over the high fuel price, which was allegedly making the Zambian route unprofitable.

British Airways last month stopped its cargo flights to Zambia, which are by farmers to export fresh vegetables and flowers to the European Union, citing high jet fuel prices.

"We have decided to reduce the price of jet fuel by five percent. We now hope that the British Airways will resume their cargo flight to Zambia," Mpombo said.

Mpombo said the reduction would make Zambia one of the southern African countries offering cheaper jet fuel.

The price of jet fuel in Zambia before the reduction was about 75 dollars (60 euros) per litre.
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Old September 11th, 2005, 03:37 AM   #128
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DR Congo moves to improve disastrous air crash record

KINSHASA, Sept 10 (AFP) - After four plane crashes, three of them fatal, in a week the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday announced tighter safety measures, but operators warned there were no quick fixes for the aging mostly ex-military fleet.

The latest crash on Friday killed thirteen people when a Ukrainian Antonov 26 operated by Air Kasai crashed during a storm near Brazzaville, on its descent to Kinshasa airport across the river in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This fourth crash since September 5 pushed the government to announce a tightening of the country's aviation regulations.

Transport minister Mwakasa told AFP on Saturday that of the 51 companies operating in the country 33 have now been banned from flying and "will remain nailed to the ground until they meet the regulatory requirements."

The government also announced more frequent aircraft inspections and the banning of all aircraft more than 20 years old.

But this regulation will be difficult to enforce in a country where more than half the aircraft are more than 20 years old and where, more than age, poor maintenance is one of the main causes of plane crashes.

The DRC's aircraft fleet is largely composed of Ukrainian Antonov and Russian Ilyushin aircraft acquired by both civil organisations and military groups during the Congolese wars in between 1996 and 2003.

"Most of these planes were bought during the war by the rebel groups in the east of the country, while DRCongo was under an international embargo, which included planes," said Stavros Papaioannou, president of Hewa Bora Airlines, one of the rare reliable airlines in DRC.

"After the war, these planes were shoddily reconverted into civil aircraft, without regulation, and without adequate maintenance," he told AFP.

"Their crews, Russian or Ukrainian, are generally badly paid and regularly accept an excess of freight for extra money. Their reserves of fuel are often insufficient, to provide more space for freight," he said.

In addition there is a long list of other violations of the law including the corruption of government officials to register faulty aircraft.

"There a number of planes which do not meet the regulations but which get authorisations to fly anyway. The companies buy them (authorisations)" an airport technical officer, who wished to remain anonymous, told AFP.

Papaioannou condemned these practices and regretted the poor image they cast over the entire Congolese aviation fleet, which has been collectively banned from a number of international airports including those in the United States and Britain.

"Each crash raises our insurance premiums. We have to get our planes licensed in other countries to avoid this penalty," said Papaioannou.

Another problem is the condition of the runways which are often badly marked with few airports having guidance systems for the pilots of landing planes which is especially dangerous in bad weather, according to a pilot working in the central city of Kasai.

Friday's crash was the fourth in less than a week involving commercial airlines in DR Congo.

On September 5 another Antonov AN-26 belonging to the private Galaxie company struck a tree as it was landing at Isiro, in the east of the vast country killing all 11 people aboard.

The following day, a Beechcraft Baron 58 of the Flying Air Service company crashed on landing at Goma airport in the eastern DRC after a test flight with the French pilot later dying from his injuries.

On Thursday, three people were slightly injured in the forced landing of an aircraft belonging to Transport de Message du Kivu at Murandi airport, also in eastern DRC.

There have been six crashes by commerical airlines in DRCongo since the beginning of the year with a total of 63 people killed.

The worst was on May 25 when all 26 people on board an Antonov 12 were killed when the aircraft, operated by Victoria Air, crashed soon after takeoff from the eastern city of Goma on May 25.
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Congo grounds 33 local airlines for safety violations after rash of plane accidents
9 September 2005

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - Congo's government on Friday pulled operating licenses from dozens of the central African nation's airlines, grounding their planes after a spate of air accidents.

Transport Minister Eva Mwakasa did not name the 33 prohibited airlines, telling reporters only that the companies were all registered in Congo.

Some of the airlines flew cargo planes fitted with plastic chairs in the hold for passengers traveling around a country the size of Western Europe with few passable roads, Mwakasa said.

Two planes crashed Wednesday and Thursday in the east, Mwakasa said, killing one pilot and leaving numerous passengers injured. On Monday, a Russian-made airplane crashed elsewhere into the forest in eastern Congo, killing seven, including three Russian crew members.
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Cargo plane makes emergency landing in Kenyan capital, blocking morning flights
2005/10/01

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A cargo plane carrying 120 metric tons (132 tons) of flowers and fruits made an emergency landing at Kenya's main international airport when it developed engine problems an hour after takeoff, Kenya Airports Authority said Saturday.

The Air Atlanta plane, which was destined for the Netherlands from Kenya, developed the problem while still in Kenyan airspace and made an emergency landing at 1:56 a.m. (2256GMT Friday) at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, from where it had taken off, said George Muhoho, the authority's managing director.

No one was injured, he said.

All flights to and from the airport have been stopped because the cargo plane is still on one of the runways. Engineers are working to remove it, said a policeman, who did not want to be identified further because his rank did not allow him to talk to the media.
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IATA urges African airlines to merge to survive
By David Mageria

NAIROBI, Oct 4 (Reuters) - African airlines must consolidate and increase efficiency to cope with losses due to high fuel prices and increased competition, the head of the international airlines association IATA said.

"The African aviation industry is not different from (the) aviation industry in the rest of the world. (It) is going through a very difficult moment," said Giovanni Bisignani, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

State-owned South African Airways [SAA.UL] is the continent's biggest carrier. Other airlines serving the region include Kenya Airways , Air Mauritius and Ethiopian Airlines [ETHA.UL].

European carriers British Airways and Air France also have a big presence, usually linking their former colonies with Europe. IATA has forecast airline losses in 2005 of $7.4 billion as soaring fuel costs outstrip measures by airlines to cut costs.

"We have to increase efficiency, bring down the cost and try to build consolidation in the industry," Bisignani told reporters late on Monday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Bisignani said most of the losses will be recorded in the U.S. while Europe and Asia will show some small profit.

He said Africa, where IATA represents 39 airlines most of them in sub-Sahara Africa, will show a small loss.

IATA was working with its members in Africa to increase efficiency in their system and was negotiating with airports to lower their user charges, Bisignani, a former Alitalia CEO said.

A key measure is helping airlines in Africa to switch from paper tickets to electronic ticketing ahead of the association's targeted deadline of 2007.

ELECTRONIC TICKETS

So far Africa has achieved 36 percent usage of electronic ticketing. But the figure is misleading because only airlines in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe have made progress.

"The other parts of Africa, we have to really work closely together with our members in order to achieve a level of penetration that will be more satisfactory," he said.

Experts say Africa's challenge is to improve the image of its aviation industry. Bisignani said IATA was working with its members in Africa and other aviation organisations to rectify the problem through safety training and auditing.

Safety concerns have led some countries to ban suspect airlines from landing at their airports, with some African airlines included on the list.

But Bisignani said IATA was not convinced by the process for blacklisting airlines from landing in some European countries. He said the system needed to be transparent with a harmonised international set of standards.

France and Belgium have announced their blacklists, including a number of African airlines.

"I think the blacklist, like, how it is conceived now, it is not very efficient," Bisignani said. "It is difficult to evaluate the performance of an airline by just checking one aircraft on the spot ... in an hour."

TOURISM BOOM

He said the future of African airlines was bright despite the current difficulties with booming tourism expected to drive the continent's aviation industry growth.

But he said only airlines which are best managed will reap the benefits. He cited Kenya Airways as an example of an airline that could provide leadership to others in Africa. The Kenyan carrier this year posted the highest profit in its 28-year history of 3.8 billion shillings ($51.6 million), up from 1.3 billion due to cost-cutting and a rise in passengers.

"It is important that certain countries which have achieved good success can help other airlines around the continent in order to upgrade their system because we want to see an industry in Africa to be profitable and to develop at the same rate as we have experienced in other parts of the world," he said.
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Morocco ends migrant airlift, set to start new one

GUELMIM, Morocco, Oct 14 (AFP) - A five-day airlift to repatriate hundreds of west Africans from Morocco in a crackdown on clandestine immigration ended in the north Friday and foreign diplomats headed south to monitor a new one.

A last chartered flight by Royal Air Maroc took off carrying 102 Malians to Bamako from the airport of Oudja, an official in the district administrator's office said, bringing to more than 1,600 the number of people flown to Senegal and Mali.

With that, attention has turned to Guelmim, another desert town around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away, as often destitute west Africans are brought or flocked here instead, not far from the Moroccan-annexed Western Sahara where convoys of buses dropped expulsees early in the week.

Oudja, a generally placid town near the northwestern border with Algeria, had served as road transport hub, bureaucratic processing centre and a last stop in Morocco for west Africans who abandoned any dream of escaping poverty and famine somehow to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

The ambassadors of Senegal and Gambia came straight to Guelmim from Oudja on Friday, along with a diplomat from Mali, to participate in monitoring the next airlift and dealing with hundreds of their nationals.

The airlifts are part of the north African kingdom's response to a surge of violence in a permanent human drama of mainly west Africans who make dangerous treks in the hands of costly guides north across the vast Sahara desert, hoping often to get into Spain.

Senegal's ambassador, Ibou Ibou Nidiaye said before leaving Oudja that 827 of his compatriots had been flown out and he was told 309 people who said they were Senegalese had gathered in Guelmim.

Morocco has come under fire from human rights bodies, aid organisations and a domestic charity that helps families of clandestine migrants once reports of brutality became tv footage and the security forces had dumped expulsees in desert areas to fend for themselves.

Ndiaye, however, said that "Morocco made an immense considerable financial and human effort to resolve this affair, which could have had drastic consequences."

An armed separatist movement that wants self-determination for the Western Sahara, the Polisario Front, said Friday through its new agency and envoy to Madrid, Abdullah Arabi, that Polisario fighters had rescued a group of 25 lost, starving and dehydrated people in an area strewn with landmines.

A UN mission posted in the territory to monitor a 1992 ceasefire amid years of effort to break a political deadlock has also sent troops seeking Africans last known to be at large there after being dumped off buses. "They've taken a lot of risks crossing the minefields," Arabi said.

The Moroccan government has said in a statement that "none of the hundreds of clandestine people staying illegally in Morocco was abandoned in the desert or left to their fates at the gates of the kingdom."

Initially in Morocco full of hope, some take to small boats, dozens drown each year and in recent months at least 14 people have died violently while an unknown number has been wounded in mass bids to take the razor-wire fences surrounding two Spanish enclaves on the Moroccan coast by storm.

This constant influx has come to a head.

On October 7, Moroccan police shot dead six of around 500 people who launched an assault on Melilla, one of the enclaves. The government defended the killings as legitimate self-defence and Rabat and Madrid simultaneously started summary expulsions of people without papers.

About 1,000 other former dreamers of a new life south have gathered, one way or another, at Guelmim. Mali's ambassador, Moussa Coulibaly, said 741 of his compatriots were flown home from Oudja by RAM and aboard one plane charted by the International Office for Migration.

He was expecting 300 more here.
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Kenya Airports Authority Profit Soars

Kenya Airports Authority Profit Soars


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> In the financial year 2002/2003, KAA made a pre-tax loss of Sh364 million on revenues of Sh2.5 billion.

> KAA's revenues have grown from Sh2.5 billion in 2003 to Sh4 billion in June 2005 and pre-tax profits have improved from Sh40 million to Sh1.2 billion in the same period.

> A marketing campaigning aimed at attracting foreign airlines to use Kenya's three airports have been successful.

> This has seen Nairobi's Airport (JKIA) attract airlines like: Air Plus Comet, Sudan Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways and Imaatong. Moi International Airport in Mombasa has attracted 11 new airlines and the Eldoret International Airport has nine new airlines.


> The KAA will over the next two years expand and improve its facilities at JKIA to handle 9 million passengers annually, as opposed to the current capacity of 2.5 million.




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When Mr George Muhoho took over the reins at Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) in 2003, he inherited a weighty mess.

On any given day, travellers who used Kenyan airports - particularly Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) -were exposed to the worst that only a government owned firm would be expected to give its customers.

If it was not the offensive smell and poorly cleaned toilets, the four million travellers that use the airport every year were familiar with the ungainly sight of scores of passengers on transit who, because they could not get proper lounge facilities commonly available in foreign airports, slept on the floor.

To access the many duty free shops - which never seemed to attract enough customers despite squeezing out most of the space that could be used to set up lounge facilities - one literally had to do a hop, step and jump over the sleeping travellers.

In the financial year 2002/2003, KAA made a pre-tax loss of Sh364 million on revenues of Sh2.5 billion.

Though the company held Sh817 million in cash and investments, most of this money was being swallowed in a debt repayment, which had reached Sh431 million.

Most important, the management already knew that the situation at JKIA needed to be sorted out, but the Sh8 billion cost looked too steep.

"What surprised me most when I came here is that they kept on telling me there was no money to fund capital projects, says Mr Muhoho, "Yet when I looked at the numbers, there were all indications that the job could be done."

But to transform the KAA, Mr Muhoho said that the business needed an urgent management shake-up and the work ethic within the organisation needed to change. Within a short time, the top management was changed and infused with talent from the private sector.

"Then we went with the team to a long meeting where we mapped out the strategy for this organisation," says Mr Muhoho.

Though this may sound just like any other humdrum exercise that marinates corporate bureaucracies around the world, at the KAA, corporate planning was a big problem. The previous management, appointed by the Kanu regime, seemed to have ignored all the problems faced by the organisation.

For instance, the KAA was not collecting on time all the money it was owed by customers, and in some cases did not know what it was owed. Revenue contracts were also poorly negotiated and supervised. In one case, KAA was only getting a fraction of the money that it should have been getting from outdoor advertising.

"The first thing we did was to contract Kenya Revenue Authority to collect the various levies for us," says Mr Muhoho.

"This eliminated the need for us to maintain 18 cashiers and the complexity of cash management. We also tightened our contracts," he says, "There were people whose contracts had not been renewed for months. This meant that they were being charged the old rates."

"Basically, we did a lot of house cleaning and plugged all the holes where the airports were losing money," he says.

These changes were happening at the worst time for KAA, when airlines like British Airways and Brittania had suspended flights to Kenya after the US and European governments imposed travel bans on Kenya because of suspected threats from terrorism. Despite this, the results have been impressive.

KAA's revenues have grown from Sh2.5 billion in 2003 to Sh4 billion in June 2005 and pre-tax profits have improved from Sh40 million to Sh1.2 billion in the same period.

"Revenue growth has come from capturing passenger service charge revenue of Sh900 million, additional business from new airlines, more frequencies from existing airlines and growth in concessionaires turnover. Reduced revenue leakages and improved collection and strict cost management through elimination of wastage and due to improved efficiency," says Mr Muhoho.

A marketing campaigning aimed at attracting foreign airlines to use Kenya's three airports have been successful.

This has seen JKIA attract airlines like: Air Plus Comet, Sudan Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways and Imaatong. Moi International Airport in Mombasa has attracted 11 new airlines and the Eldoret International Airport has nine new airlines.

"Long before the public performance contracts were put in place, we had already passed that bridge and achieved most of the milestones," says Mr Muhoho.

While funding for capital projects could have been a problem in the past, it is not now with the KAA holding Sh2.5 billion in cash.

This has allowed the authority to undertake the modernisation and expansion of the airport at the cost of $100 million (Sh73 million).

KAA will generate $50 million (Sh3.6 billion) to fund the project from its cashflows and then it will borrow $40 million from concessional lenders and banks and the World Bank will provide $10 million.

KAA is now preparing a future where it intends to be a major regional hub player in Africa by both chasing a Federal Aviation Agency Category 1 status that will allow airlines to fly directly to Nairobi from American cities and expanding the capacity of the airport.

According to Mr Muhoho, the KAA will over the next two years expand and improve its facilities at JKIA to handle 9 million passengers annually, as opposed to the current capacity of 2.5 million.


"To address this, we are increasing space at the terminal building from the current 25,662 square metres to 55,222 square metres," says Mr Muhoho.

"Aircraft parking, which is currently constrained, will be increased from 200,000 square metres to over 300,000 square metres, and additional taxiways will be included."
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Kenyatta Airport - Nairobi, Kenya could have a Second Runway

Nairobi, Oct 2005


The Government is considering building a second runway at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The announcement comes three days after airline schedules were disrupted for hours last weekend when a plane crash-landed on the runway.

The Government and the Kenya Airports Authority, the aviation regulator, had accepted the proposal, Kenya Airways managing director Titus Naikuni told journalists on Monday.

International Air Transport Association director-general Giovanni Bisignani said air transport was facing hard times with the rising cost of fuel.

"Despite improved efficiency, which resulted in a 3.2-per cent cost reduction and a 4.3- per cent fuel use decrease, the sector is experiencing challenges due to the fuel price increases," Mr Bisignani said.

He said the organisation was focused on improving efficiency and safety among its 265 member-airlines that handle 94 per cent of the global air traffic. Thirty-nine African airlines are members of the association, 32 of them in Africa.

Mr Bisignani said the association's officials were negotiating with governments to shorten routes to reduce transport costs.

They also wanted members to adopt e-ticketing by 2007 to improve efficiency, he said.


The organisation, Mr Bisignani said, was working on harmonising safety standards. "There will be evaluation of safety procedures since spot-checking is inefficient for assessing safety," he said.

He said next year Africa's aviation industry would make a "small loss", while airlines in Europe and Asia would realise a "small profit". He said the organisation's hands were tied from improving airport efficiency in because most air navigation providers were state-owned
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Airport authority says Nigeria plane gone down-CNN

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Nigeria's Federal Airports Authority has confirmed a missing Nigerian airliner carrying 114 people has gone down after take-off from the commercial capital Lagos, CNN television reported on Sunday.

The station's reporter in Lagos said by telephone: "The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is confirming that the flight has indeed gone down ... maybe just after take-off from Lagos."

Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.
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South Africa and China on Gulf Air flight plan
Carrier may come to market for cash when its restructuring is completed

Russell Barling and Neil Gough
22 October 2005
South China Morning Post

Gulf Air will give Cathay Pacific Airways a run for its money on the Johannesburg route from December and its top executive says the Gulf's oldest airline is aiming to enter the China market next year.

Chief executive James Hogan yesterday said the Bahrain-based carrier was in the process of receiving final proposals from rival manufacturers to supply aircraft that would allow it to serve long-haul markets such as China from its Middle Eastern base.

"China is a strategically important region for us. We are currently meeting with the airport authorities and officials with a view to starting services to either Beijing or Shanghai within the next six to eight months," Mr Hogan said. "I am very keen to launch a service next year but all the elements have to add up."

Kay Yew Koh, general manager for Hong Kong and Northeast Asia, said Gulf Air valued both markets equally and that the strategy was to roll out the second service a year after the first.

It will launch flights from Hong Kong to Johannesburg and Dublin - via Bahrain - on December 2 and hopes to capture market share with discount fares of up to half the published rates offered by carriers plying the route.

To Johannesburg, for example, Gulf Air's initial fare will be $4,400 including a night's stay in Bahrain. Cathay, which flies direct in code-share arrangement with South African Airways, will charge $8,470 on December 2, its website shows.

Gulf Air is in the second year of a three-year restructuring programme driven by a pending defection of a major shareholder and a strategy to reposition the airline from a "public utility mentality" to a full commercial enterprise, according to Mr Hogan.

Part of that restructuring involved a new composition for its fleet. Mr Hogan said the airline had narrowed the options for new long-haul aircraft down to Airbus's A330-200, which is listed at an average price of US$158 million, or Boeing's new B787, which costs about US$130 million per unit.

From March, the airline will lose the government of Abu Dhabi as a shareholder, a move that will leave Oman and Bahrain as equal partners.

Mr Hogan said the airline was talking to lenders about funds to complete some of the operational restructuring and for "deposits for aircraft".

He held out the possibility that the carrier would approach the capital markets for cash once oil prices stabilised and its restructuring was complete.

"One of the factors driving higher oil prices is the pressure on refineries. I expect those operations to improve and then there will be a correction," he said. "The key thing over the next two years is generally to restructure the business. The pullout of Abu Dhabi is sure to have an impact.

"After that, it's possible we will approach the markets, either through a private placement or some kind of offering. My owners have the appetite for it."
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Nigerian airliner crash: black boxes found

LISSA, Nigeria, Oct 24 (AFP) - Nigerian police have recovered the black box flight recorders of a passenger airliner which crashed just north of Lagos killing all 117 people on board, the most senior officer at the scene said.

"The boxes were found this morning and handed over to the appropriate authorities," said Police Commissioner Tunji Alapini, whose men were the first to arrive after the plane disintegrated as it fell from the sky during a thunderstorm.

"There is nothing more to rescue. The destruction is total," he said late on Sunday as he left the crash site at Lissa village near Otta in a cocoa farming area north of Nigeria's commercial capital.

Already as night fell Sunday, 24 hours after the mystery disaster, the huge hole gouged out by the falling plane was enveloped in the foul stench of dozens of dismembered and rotting corpses.

Local villagers said that the Boeing 737 jet appeared to have exploded in mid-air as it fought its way northwards through a thunderstorm shortly after nightfall on Saturday.

Nigerian investigators had no early explanation for the disaster, but the flight data recorders should allow experts to begin piecing together the final minutes of the Bellview Airlines jet.

The director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Fidelis Onyeriri, said in a televised press briefing that the plane was 24 years old and had had a full technical inspection, which is valid for 18 months of flying, in February 2005.

Ten hours before it took off on its final journey it had had an additional check, he added.

"The plane didn't come in radio contact when it should have reached 13,000 feet (3,900 meters), which is the normal procedure. So we were alerted, and as there couldn't be any radio contact the plane was declared presumed missing," he said.

"When we came to the wreckage site, the aircraft was completely broken into pieces. There could be no survivors," he added.

Nigeria has a chequered aviation safety record and has seen several crashes in recent years.

But Bellview -- a private Nigerian-owned airline mainly serving domestic and west African routes -- has never had a serious accident in 12 years and is widely considered one of the more reliable and professionally run firms to operate here.
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Nigeria punishes TV station that found air crash site

ABUJA, Oct 24 (AFP) - Nigerian authorities banned then re-opened Monday the private television station whose reporters were the first to find the site where an airliner crashed killing all 117 on board.

Reporters from Lagos-based African Independent Television (AIT) were the first to reveal on Sunday that the Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 had come down a short distance outside Lagos in the village of Lissa, a cocoa-growing area near President Olusegun Obasanjo's farm in Otta.

Earlier, several Nigerian officials had incorrectly told journalists that the crash site was in Kishi, a remote rural area 400 kilometres (245 miles) further north. AIT's report allowed many reporters travelling to the scene to alter course and head for the true location.

Later, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) accused Nigerian outlets in general of causing "confusion" in the international media through their reporting and AIT in particular of breaching reporting standards in its filming of dismembered bodies at the crash site.

"The commission is constrained to order the temporary shut down of the operations of Daar Communications Ltd, operators of AIT National and International and Raypower FM stations, pending further professional assessment of the status of their licences," the statement said.

AIT and Raypower were off air on Monday, but the commission later released a second statement "sequel to the interventions of many well-meaning Nigerians" permitting the outlets to recommence broadcasting but warning "stations to be fully aware of their social responsibilities.

Broadcasting resumed at around 6:00 pm (1700GMT) after an 18 hour gap.

In a statement Monday, the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), a media rights body, condemned the temporary closure, saying that the punished stations were not given a fair hearing as stipulated in the NBC regulation.

"It is not clear what procedure the NBC followed in deciding to shut down the radio and television station. The sanctions procedure in the Commission's guideline book...requires that an erring station should first be served with a notice and given a hearing before the application of sanctions," the MRA said.

The chairman of the network, Raymond Dokpesi, said: "The NBC is punishing Daar Communications for disclosing the site of the Bellview accident."

Since Nigeria's return to civilian rule in 1999 journalists and citizens have theoretically enjoyed freedom of expression, and a lively and combative private media sector has developed.

Authorities do, however, often employ heavy handed tactics to silence particular outlets or punish their owners.
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Nigeria to plug 'safety loopholes' after air crash

LAGOS, Oct 25 (AFP) - Nigeria is to review the safety of the ageing fleet of passenger jets operated by its small private airlines following a crash which killed 117 people, President Olusegun Obasanjo said Tuesday.

An investigation has been launched to find out why a Bellview Airlines Boeing 737 plunged to the ground and disintegrated shortly after taking off from Lagos on Saturday, but the president said that checks must also be carried out on the maintenance standard of other planes.

"I have already ordered a full and thorough investigation into the cause of the air crash with a view to ensuring that this sort of calamity does not repeat itself," Obasanjo said, in a televised address to the nation.

"In addition, I have directed the aviation ministry to ensure strict compliance with maintenance and operations requirements and standards for all aircraft in order to plug loopholes and ensure passenger safety," he said.

Domestic routes between Nigeria's larger cities are connected by a network of passenger flights run by almost a dozen private airlines operating second hand jets, mostly Boeing 727 and 737 airliners.

Most of the airlines are not licensed to fly internationally but some, including Bellview and the country's new British-owned flag-carrier Virgin Nigeria, serve west African capitals and fly to London. Several major international airlines operate flights to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian aviation industry has a bad safety record and minor accidents are relatively common. In July alone three airliners were damaged on landing on Lagos' poorly surfaced runway while an Air France jet ploughed into a herd of cows as it touched down in Port Harcourt.

In May 2002 a Nigerian passenger jet crashed into a crowded suburb shortly after taking off from Kano airport in the north of the country, killing 115 on board and scores more on the ground.
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