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Old September 5th, 2006, 02:56 PM   #81
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What is the source of the above statistics?

You quoted this statictic for Lagos:

Lagos 3,794,964... -1.0%

Domestic traffic only accounts for about 4 million pax, international about 1.5 million, so I suspect the number given for Lagos !

In any case, with the advent of Virgin Nigeria Airways the traffic is likely to increase even more in 2006 and beyond... Also FAAN has announced the commencement of expansion work at the international terminal in Lagos to accomodate growth.
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Source is the Airport Council International's airport traffic report. The figures for Lagos are accurate. Lagos saw small growth of 4.5% for the month of May. Virgin Nigeria is currently too small to have a major impact but its future plans do sound impressive.
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Old September 5th, 2006, 06:45 PM   #83
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zexyworm, Nigeria´s avaition indsutry is presently undergoing good times, there are several new well-equipped private airlines that are about to emerge in the (near) future. Lagos airport is far too small to accomodate future traffic, that´s for sure! In the long run Lagos needs a thrid terminal, believe me!
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(from Kenya's largest news agency: the Nation)






Kenya Airways to launch Paris flights on October 26


Kenya Airways yesterday continued its roll-out of routes, announcing direct flights to Paris, France from October 26 this year.

The national airline will have three flights a week to Charles de Gaulle Airport from Nairobi every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

In a statement to newsrooms, the airline said it believes the strength of the new route lies in the flexibility it offers its customers in eastern and central Africa to fly directly to France as well as connect to mainland Europe and other parts of the world.

Equally passengers from France will now be able to fly directly to Nairobi and connect to any part of Africa using the Kenya Airways network.

"The launch of direct flights to Paris is in line with Kenya Airway’s expansion programme that is geared at delivering services to key cities in Europe, Asia and Africa through scheduled and efficient connections," said Kenya Airways (KQ) commercial director Hugh Fraser.

The new route opens up most of Europe to travellers from eastern and central Africa, offering a supplementary connection point for passengers travelling to other destinations beyond the continent. Currently Kenya Airways uses Amsterdam and London as its connection hub in Europe.

KQ is currently the fastest growing airline in Africa, pursuing a strategic route expansion and fleet modernisation programme. During the first quarter ending June 2006, Kenya Airways announced a 12 per cent increase in passenger traffic on all its routes.

It is set to receive three new-generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and a Boeing 777 before January 2007. It has also placed orders for six new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes to be delivered between 2010 and 2012.

It became the first airline in sub-Saharan Africa to win the key IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certification , beating a 2007 deadline set by IATA (International Air Transport Association).

In other aviation news, Air Mauritius yesterday reported a 59 per cent drop in profits for the 2005-06 financial year to Sh679 million ($9.3 million), stung by increased fuel costs.

The liberalisation of Mauritian air space and a mosquito-borne disease hitting tourism also presented new challenges for the Indian Ocean island's airline, according to its annual report.

"The decline in operating performance was mainly due to the high increase in fuel costs," the chairman's statement said.

The company said jet fuel costs now account for 34 per cent of the airline's total operating costs, up from 26 percent in the previous year.

Mauritian plans to increase tourism by 10 per cent per year to two million tourists by 2015, have included a series of agreements on access to the country's airspace.

"This means increased competition for Air Mauritius, at a time when the industry is already experiencing declining yields," said Sanjay Bhuckory, the airline's chairman.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 12:53 AM   #85
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September 13, 2006

Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso's capital would soon boast a new airport, said the country's transport minister on Tuesday.

Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo said construction on the new Ouagadougou airport would start in 2007.

He said the "huge infrastructure" project, which would be located 35km northeast of Ouagadougou, would cost an estimated 240bn DFA francs (about $450mn) and would be complete by 2011.

Ouédraogo said the airport would be 7km long and 5km wide and would be able to accommodate 1500000 passengers annually.

The airport would be constructed in three phases said the minister.

He said: "The airport will be operational at the end of the first phase (2007-2011), which is due to cost 115bn CFA francs."

The second phase (2015-2017) would require 36bn CFA francs and the third (2018-2023) 86bn CFA francs.

The minister said the government was also looking at purchasing more plans, and would rehabilitate the existing airport in the meantime as a cost of 1.5bn CFA francs.
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 01:24 AM   #86
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KQ launches new flights to Benin and Congo Brazzaville

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Kenya Airways (KQ) will start flights to Congo Brazzaville and Benin next month.

The two flights, which will bring KQ destinations on the continent to 30, will start on October 6.

The additional routes will be operated on Tuesdays and Fridays, increasing KQ flights in West Africa to eleven.

Mr Hugh Fraser, the KQ commercial director, said initially one flight will serve the two destinations.

"The flight will touch down in Brazzaville before proceeding to Cotonou," said Fraser.

The additional destinations fall within KQ’s strategic expansion plan of linking leading African destinations with Europe, Asia and China.

Next month, the airline will inaugurate its third connecting hub in Europe with flights terminating at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport, Paris.

Other connecting hubs in Europe are Heathrow Airport in the UK and Schipol Airport, Netherlands.

In March, KQ launched flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Other destinations added recently include Istanbul, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Thailand, Maputo and Freetown.

Fraser said the commercial viability of the Congo Brazzaville and Cotonou routes were promising.

"Both countries are showing strong economic performance and increasing business activity resulting from growing oil exploration and extraction activities," he said.

Congo Brazzaville has experienced relative calm and political stability since 2003. Congo, which is Sub-Saharan Africa’s fifth largest oil producer after Nigeria, Angola, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea, is estimated to hold oil reserves of over 1.5 billion barrels.

Congo is also the third largest natural gas producer in Africa and also exports Sugar, cocoa, coffee and diamonds.
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Old September 24th, 2006, 03:29 PM   #87
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Africa's 25 Busiest Airports for June 2006. Passenger numbers and % change compared with June 2005. Note these figures are only for June 2006! Some of the Egyptian resort airports showing a drop but very strong growth for Accra and Addis Ababa!

JOHANNESBURG, ZA 1,351,560 8.8%
CAIRO, EG 892,418 10.1
CAPETOWN, ZA 523,193 7.6
MONASTIR, TN 491,946 6.2
CASABLANCA, MA 387,808 11.2
NAIROBI, KE 341,981 (0.40)
LAGOS, NG 329,570 3.5
DURBAN, ZA 328,028 10.4
HURGADA, EG 324,691 1.8
TUNIS, TN 308,078 0.1
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EG 301,843 (18.30)
ALGIERS, DZ 288,178 0.9
JERBA, TN 242,475 (3.00)
MARRAKECH, MA 204,685 12.8
ABUJA, NG 181,533 6.1
ADDIS ABABA, ET 176,681 23.0
PLAINE MAGNIEN, MU 129,428 1.1
PORT ELIZABETH, ZA 112,056 13.2
ACCRA, GH 109,518 50.8
LUXOR, EG 109,283 (14.60)
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Old September 25th, 2006, 06:05 PM   #88
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Thanks for posting that GregPz

From this, we can see how many airports from each region make the list:

North: 10

Southern: 4

East & Indian Ocean: 3

West: 3

I'm right in saying that passenger numbers to North Africa are fuelled by the amount of package operators flying there?
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Old September 26th, 2006, 04:52 AM   #89
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there'll be a new nigerian airline called Arik air, it'll mainly use bombadiers, for more info: http://www.arikjobs.com/
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Thanks for posting that GregPz

From this, we can see how many airports from each region make the list:

North: 10

Southern: 4

East & Indian Ocean: 3

West: 3

I'm right in saying that passenger numbers to North Africa are fuelled by the amount of package operators flying there?
Yeah, at least 6 of the north African airports rely heavily on package operators. Hence they're very reliant on stability in the region and their figures do tend to see-saw a bit.
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Old September 26th, 2006, 04:42 PM   #91
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Precision Air takes safety test, eyes new markets

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Tanzanian airline, Precision Air has completed a mandatory international safety audit.

Last week, it became the third African airline to be audited under the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit programme.

The airline’s managing director, Mr Alphonse Kioko said that the process began two years ago with a gap analysis and pre audits, before the eventual assessment.

‘’We are confident that Precision Air will make it,’’ he said.

Kenya’s national flag carrier, Kenya Airways — which has a 49 per cent share stake in Precision Air — and South African Airways are the only IOSA-compliant airlines on the continent.

"The audit looks an airline’s operations to see whether it is going as per international standards set by IATA," Kioko said.

The test gives airlines international recognition and allows them to expand their markets. Precision Air flies to 15 destinations and has 324 departures in a week. Kioko says the company is currently considering a number of new international and local destinations.

In anticipation of this, Precision Air placed an $87-million order in August for six new planes with a French aviation firm. The aircraft are expected in the next two to three years.
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Old October 1st, 2006, 07:35 AM   #92
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$125million Nairobi Airport (JKIA) upgrade Starts

President attends ground-breaking ceremony


Publication Date: 9/30/2006

The first phase of upgrading Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was launched yesterday.

The Sh9 billion project will see construction of more places for parking and expansion of arrival and departure lounges.

The upgrade will also raise JKIA to the standards demanded by US authorities for planes to fly directly from Nairobi to American airports.

President Kibaki broke the ground to mark the start of the three-year expansion project.

"This is an important milestone in my Government's efforts to upgrade and transform Kenya's key international airport into a leading aviation hub in Africa and the world," said the President.

Direct flights

Aviation officials said once complete, the airport will be elevated to Category One status of the International Civil Aviation Organisation which would allow direct flights from Nairobi to any destination in the world.

Currently, airlines have to make expensive detours to Europe in order to fly to the US, Latin America and the Far East.

The first phase funded by Kenya Airports Authority and the World Bank includes putting up a new apron, taxiways and an extended fuel hydrant system.

It is expected to be complete by June next year.

In the second phase which will start in February 2007 and last for 18 months, a unit will be added and a ultra modern car park to accommodate 1,500 vehicles built.

The final stage starting in March 2007, will involve the renovation of Units One to Three and International arrivals, and construction of two in-fills.

Kenya Airports Authority managing director George Muhoho said the project will create 3,000 jobs directly and increase the airport size from 25,662 square metres to 55,222.

The parking space will be expanded by 75 per cent to cover over 350,000 square metres while the airports' annual passenger traffic capacity will increase to nine million.

But there were no mention of building an additional runway.

The airport has only one runway which if blocked, disrupts traffic for long.

Airline operators led by Kenya Airways managing director Titus Naikuni have been pushing for the construction of a second runway.

Quality of work

President Kibaki asked the KAA board to ensure the project was completed within the set budget and period, and the quality of work high.

He also announced plans to elevate Kisumu and Malindi airports to international status while Wilson, Isiolo and Wajir airports will also be expanded.

Once expanded, the Kisumu Airport will handle larger aircraft and open up the western Kenya to investors, said the President.

He said Malindi's expansion will include the construction of a new terminal building, a tower and longer runway to accommodate bigger aircraft.

The airport's expansion had been delayed due to the grabbing of land meant for the project.

But yesterday, the President urged the authority to ensure all its facilities were fenced to wade off grabbers.

He, however, noted security had been beefed up in all airports.

The authority's revenue base had also increased from Sh3 billion in the past three years to Sh5.3 billion this year.

Cargo handled

The number of passengers going through JKIA had also rose from 3.5 million in 2004 to 4.4 million this year while the volume of cargo handled increased from 192,300 tonnes in 2004 to 220,900 last year.

The President also asked to ensure the airport administration to ensure high standards of service.

"From the runways, aprons, arrival and departure lounges, cargo handling areas, immigration, customs and even parking bays, we should all see clear evidence of high international quality," he said.

During the function KAA board chairman Erastus Mwongera presented a Sh100 million cheque as dividend to the Treasury and Sh2 million towards the national relief fund.

World Bank country director Collins Bruce said the expansion of the airport was a milestone.
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Nigeria gets new airline

Posted Tue, 03 Oct 2006

Lagos – A new Nigerian airline, Arik Air, has said that it would start operating flights from October 17, according to its managing director.

Alex Van Elk said that a call centre had been opened to deal with reservations and that the maiden flight would be between Lagos and Abuja in a brand new Canadair CRJ900.

Van Elk said that the airline would soon service 10 destinations in Nigeria and 3 international flights to African destinations.

The new airline, which took over most of the resources of the former Nigerian Airlines Ltd, would look to expand it operations further by next year and it intends to aquire more brand new long-haul aircrafts, said Elk. -Business in Africa Online
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October 17, 2006

Sampson Olusegun
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One can hardly wait to see the completion of the architectural spectacle that is emerging at the Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos. Each time one drives through the local wings of the airport these days, the prolonged deep frustrations and disgust that Nigerians went through following the razing of the old airport terminal has dissolved into a refreshing hope and great expectations

The imposing billboards announcing the re-construction of the old terminal aptly capture the essence of the project. It is called "The Nigerian Dream", with the riders: "excellence, innovation and integrity". Almost ninety percent completed, it is becoming evident that, at least for once, something good is capable of coming out of our beleaguered nation that has groped for 46 years as an independent nation to find a positive developmental bearing. The joy one is deriving is from the scriptural assurance that beauty is capable of being given in place of ashes. After all, since nobody seems to bother anymore how the former structure was reduced to ashes by a mystery inferno, we must take consolation in the emerging reality of a grand edifice that will stand as a proud national monument.

Hardly could anybody pass through the construction site without getting inquisitive. After the initial worrisome drag in the project taking off the ground, the accelerated pace of development is an eloquent testimony to the workability of the Obasanjo administration's effort at deregulating the economy.

Rather than the usual practice of saddling the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) with the responsibility of building a new airport upon the rubbles of the old one, the government decided that the project should be on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. Curiously, as reports have it, Sanderton, the company that first won the bid was unable to execute the project, such that, for more than one year, the eyesore that was the ruins of the burnt terminal building became a national embarrassment. Not a few were enraged as to what was regarded as official neglect.

It was this uncomplimentary tar on the federal authority's image that made the Ministry of Aviation reach for the standby bidder, Bi - Courteny Consortium Limited, the parent company of Stabilini Visinoni, a construction outfit. It was as if fate was waiting for this organization under the chairmanship of Mr. Wale Babalakin, the youthful Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to make a generational statement. With a reported US $256m financial outlay, an airport that will be comparable to any of the best in the world - in architectural elegance, world-class facilities and overall guarantee of comfort for air travelers is evolving before "our very eyes".

Since 2002 when the Babalakin-led organization took over the project, the pace of construction has not only been supersonic, the edifice that is emerging is a piece of cake. We are informed through media reports that the multi-storey car park directly overlooking the dual carriageway leading to the international wing of the airport will conveniently accommodate no fewer than 500 vehicles. This is bound to ease the traffic congestion in and around the airport, as well as guarantee the safety of passengers' vehicles and others who have business to do at the airport. Interestingly, this is the type of modern parking lot the Governor Bola Tinubu administration is planning for Central Lagos that is currently undergoing massive re-construction.

The terminal building itself is a masterpiece. The assurance has been that it will offer appurtenances that are comparable to the best available anywhere in the world. As an icing of the cake, the airport is to be linked by a bridge to a five-star hotel already under construction across the road. This is essentially meant to serve air travellers departing or arriving very late.

It is as if the more of the new local airport in Ikeja project seen, the higher the expectation becomes. Even at its present stage of construction, in terms of innovation, it is novel in several respects. Its structural elegance and hi-tech facilities are expected to translate to excellent services.

So far, it is possible to pick some useful lessons from the project implementation. First is the inherent beauty of allowing private initiative to find expression. The deviation from the business-as-usual way of government's execution of such projects must have been hugely responsible for its clinical execution to date. For sure,

BOT is not likely to be too attractive to many contractors who have been accustomed to inflated government contracts with attendant mobilization fees and the possibility of contract review on the ground of inflation. But for Bi-Courteny Consortium, it has been a story of determination to succeed where many fear to tread. With the Federal Government not putting in a kobo into the project, it was the company's lot to raise the needed funds, ensure efficient execution and prudently manage the huge investment for the project to be worthwhile. The company is expected to operate the airport for an agreed number of years before reverting ownership to the federal government.

With this, there is no strain in the government as the burden has been taken off its over-crowded shoulder. Official delays and rigmaroles are shunted to make for efficiency. This has fired the ingenuity of a young entrepreneur, eager to make a generational statement on the possibility of excellence by the black man to give expression to a dream.

However, the success of the project is already posing a fresh, but pleasant dilemma as to whether the airport should remain a local one or assume an international status. The argument might arise that since an international airport already exists in Lagos, a second one might be out of place. But then, it also remains logical and reasonable that the nation should seize every opportunity to showcase its accomplishments and also see to the future. The fact of the existence of Heathrow Airport in London did not hinder Gatwick Airport from being of immense value as another international airport in the same London metropolis.

With the expectation that the Obasanjo economic reform will sooner or later begin to yield the desired dividends, the nation's economy is bound to expand so rapidly such that the existing facilities, including those in the aviation sector, might become grossly inadequate. This is to say that FAAN should begin to think of how to maximize the potentials of the new airport. The hi-tech equipment being put in place should fascinate many of the airlines to want to operate their international flights from the airport. Plan towards meeting that possibility should start now.
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Current ranking for African airports (July '05-July '06):

1 JOHANNESBURG, ZA........16,538,902...10.9%
2 CAIRO, EG....................10,368,089...3.2
3 CAPETOWN, ZA...............6,983,034...8.6
4 CASABLANCA, MA............4,721,945...12.5
5 SHARM EL SHEIKH, EG......4,691,836...-6.2
6 HURGADA, EG..................4,576,069...-1.9
7 NAIROBI, KE....................4,387,804...7.9
8 MONASTIR, TN................4,134,116...3.5
9 DURBAN, ZA....................3,844,029...14.0
10 LAGOS, NG.....................3,809,557...-1.0
11 TUNIS, TN......................3,680,792...2.3
12 ALGIERS, DZ...................3,474,855...2.2
13 JERBA, TN......................2,422,649...0.1
14 MARRAKECH, MA..............2,418,788...20.8
15 PLAINE MAGNIEN, MU........2,186,164...3.5
16 ADDIS ABABA, ET.............2,036,956...15.4
17 LUXOR, EG......................2,026,347...-12.8
18 ABUJA, NG......................1,994,026...-9.7
19 ST DENIS-GILLOT, RE.......1,449,735...-8.1
20 PORT ELIZABETH, ZA........1,353,384...15.4
21 AGADIR, MA....................1,280,934...0.5
22 DAR ES SALAAM, TZ.........1,166,398...8.1
23 MOMBASA, KE.................1,131,587...8.1
24 PORT HARCOURT, NG........1,034,403...23.1
25 ACCRA, GH.....................1,023,498...25.2
26 LUANDA, AO...................1,003,866...20.8
27 ASWAN, EG.......................904,341...-21.3
28 ILHA DO SAL, CV................845,947...-13.6
29 ABIDJAN, CI......................788,182...1.4
30 ANTANANARIVO, MG...........714,689...8.4
31 ENTEBBE, UG.....................662,698...12.3
32 EAST LONDON, ZA..............625,139...25.2
33 LIBREVILLE, GA..................621,057...-0.9
34 HARARE, ZW......................602,695...5.9
35 WINDHOEK, NA..................596,787...13.4
36 GEORGE, ZA......................592,407...12.6
37 MAPUTO, MZ....................586,479...10.4
38 BRAZZAVILLE, CG...............584,623...22.6
39 DOUALA, CM.....................549,482...5.8
40 ALEXANDRIA, EG................526,621...18.9
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Thanks alot for posting these

Looks like the Egyptian resorts have taken quite a blow:

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5 SHARM EL SHEIKH, EG......4,691,836...-6.2
6 HURGADA, EG..................4,576,069...-1.9
17 LUXOR, EG......................2,026,347...-12.8
27 ASWAN, EG.......................904,341...-21.3
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Kenya Airways flies to Paris

Kenya Airways officially launched its inaugural direct flight to Paris on Thursday.

The plane left the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Thursday night and landed at Charles De Gaulle airport Friday morning.

KQA will be flying three times to Paris on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The airline's commercial director Mr Hugh Fraser said the flights will provide customers in Eastern and Central Africa with flexibility of flying directly to France as well as connecting to mainland Europe and other parts of the world.

Passengers will now reach Paris within eight hours compared to the previous 14, Fraser added.

Fraser added the direct flight would spur bilateral trade between the two countries.

According to the French Embassy in Nairobi, last year, total value of trade between Kenya and France was Sh18 billion. Out of this, France exported Sh9.8 billion worth of goods to Kenya, and imported Sh8.6 billion.
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Kenya Airways reports surge in profits



The Board is pleased to announce that Kenya Airways has sustained profitable growth in the first half of the 2006/07 financial year over the same period in 2005/06.
Profit after tax for the period reviewed ended at KShs 2,429m compared to KShs 2,231m during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 8.9%.

Passenger Traffic

Overall, passenger traffic for the first half increased to 1.3m, up from the prior year’s 1.2m, a growth of 7%. Areas of high growth included Middle East, Asia & Far East with 14% due to an additional destination of Guangzhou via Dubai. Southern Africa growth of 16% is mainly driven by a positive response to capacity increase on Lubumbashi, Harare, Lilongwe and the new destination Maputo. West and Central Africa growth of 15% is mainly attributed to Bamako, Dakar, Douala, Kinshasa and the new route Free Town. Northern Africa growth at 13% was mainly driven by Istanbul, Djibouti, Khartoum and Cairo operations. Growth on Europe was 4%, East Africa 3% while Kenya remained largely unchanged as there was no significant new operation in this region. The overall seat occupancy dropped by 1.4% to 75.2% compared to prior year’s level of 76.6%.

Passenger Yields

Growth in yields were realised in Kenya by 7% and West and Central Africa by 2%. East Africa and Southern Africa remained flat at close to prior year’s level. Europe dropped by 2%, Middle East, Asia & Far East dropped by 5% and Northern Africa by 8%. Overall, yields declined by 2% partly due to a greater proportion of long haul route expansion with it’s normally lower yields than short haul.

Cargo

Overall, tonnage grew by 15% and yields increased by 3% across the network.

Costs

Global fuel prices during the period under review averaged over 22% higher than the corresponding period last year but the impact of this was reduced to 16% (in USD terms) as a consequence of the Company’s hedging programme. The fuel cost, net of hedging benefit, was 26% above prior year driven largely by price increase of 15% and increased consumption in US gallons of 13% in line with the increased capacity offered. This was partly mitigated by a 4% appreciation of the Kenya Shilling to the US$.
The increase in overheads was 11.6% due mainly to increased level of operations but remained stable at 16% of revenue. Lower finance costs are due to increased interest income on increased cash balances, partly offset by the additional financing costs of the two new Boeing 777s delivered part way through the first half of 2005/06.

Prospects
Whilst the Board remains optimistic that the Company will continue to grow during the remainder of the financial year, the cost of jet fuel and security remain the greatest threats to profitability, with increasing levels of competition in the region continuing to be a challenge to achieving attractive yields.
Nevertheless, the Company is committed to continued expansion with new routes starting to Paris on 26th October 2006 and Mayotte/Comoros on 16th November 2006. Additionally, a fourth new Boeing 777 is due for delivery in February 2007 to facilitate further expansion on existing routes and the Board have decided to replace the current fleet of two Saab aircraft with regional jets.
The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, management, suppliers and loyal customers who have contributed to this continued growth.
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Ethiopian Airlines to launch new flight to Sudan’s Juba


Saturday 28 October 2006 01:30.


Oct 27, 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia’s national carrier The Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) said on Friday it will begin flying to the Sudanese town of Juba on Nov. 16, bringing its total destinations in Africa to 29 and to 47 worldwide.

The EAL said in a statement that it will fly to Juba on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the same day of return flights as of Nov. 16.

Juba is a river port and the southern terminus of traffic along the White Nile, with highways connecting it to Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Juba is EAL’s second destination in the same country, the statement said, adding that the new flight to Juba is aimed to match the strong demand of its service in Sudan.

EAL’s new service has been carefully designed to provide business travelers to and from Juba a direct link to Addis Ababa with convenient connections to the rest of Africa, Europe, the Middle East and vice versa, it said.

The EAL is a major carrier in Africa. It provides domestic and international air service between Ethiopia and other countries. It has a good safety record and is one of the few profitable African airlines. It also provides training and maintenance to more than a dozen airlines.

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Nearly 100 dead in Nigerian crash

ABUJA, NIGERIA -- It was raining when the Nigerian jetliner started down the runway. A minute later, it was a tangle of smouldering wreckage, charred corpses and ripped luggage -- the country's third airline crash in less than a year.

When rescue crews got to the wooded site, more than three kilometres away but still inside the Abuja airport grounds, they found the Boeing 737's tail hanging from a tree and wreckage scattered over an area the size of football field. Bulldozers had to gouge a path to the scene.

Six people were reported found alive, and workers searched through smoking debris for the other 98 passengers and crew, all presumed dead. At least 50 bodies were laid out in a field, wrapped in white plastic sheets, some with badly burned feet protruding.

Among those killed was the man regarded as the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslims, and thousands of people greeted his body when it was flown to another airport.

Nigeria's air industry is notoriously unsafe. President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered an immediate investigation into the cause of the crash.

One hundred and four passengers and crew were aboard the doomed flight, Aviation Ministry spokesman Sam Adurogboye said, and he knew of six survivors who had been taken to a hospital. "Obviously, the rest are feared dead."

The plane was bound for the northwest city of Sokoto, about 800 kilometres northwest of Abuja, according to state radio. The Sokoto state government announced that the sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Maccido, died in the crash. Sultan Maccido headed the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria. The panel determines when Muslim fasts should begin and end, and decides policy for Nigerian Muslims, who are overwhelmingly Sunni.

The body of the Sultan was immediately flown to Sokoto, where thousands of people were at the airport to greet his body. He was buried yesterday in accordance with Islamic custom, and the Sokoto state government declared six days of mourning.

Mustapha Shehu, spokesman for the state government, had said earlier that the Sultan's son, Muhammed Maccido, a senator, also was aboard the flight, along with Abdulrahman Shehu Shagari, son of former Nigerian president Shehu Shagari, who was in office between 1979 and 1983. Their fates were not immediately known.

About half of Nigeria's 130 million people are Muslim. The country is the most populous in Africa and the continent's leading oil exporter.

The 23-year-old aircraft, a Boeing 737-2B7, was owned by Aviation Development Co., a private Nigerian airline, Mr. Adurogboye said. ADC last suffered a crash in November, 1996, when one of its jets plunged into a lagoon outside Lagos, killing all 143 aboard. Last year, two planes flying domestic routes crashed within seven weeks of each other in Nigeria, killing 224 people.

On Oct. 22, 2005, a Boeing 737-200 belonging to Bellview Airlines crashed soon after takeoff from Lagos, killing all 117 people aboard. On Dec. 10, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 plane operated by Sosoliso Airlines crashed while approaching the oil city of Port Harcourt, killing 107 people, most of them schoolchildren going home for Christmas.

Earlier this month, authorities released a report blaming the Sosoliso crash on bad weather and pilot error. The investigation of the Bellview crash is continuing.

After last year's air crashes, Mr. Obasanjo vowed to overhaul Nigeria's airline industry, blaming some of the industry's problems on corruption. Airlines were subjected to checks for airworthiness and some planes considered unworthy were grounded.


Comments: God! what the hell is going wrong with the airline industry in nigeria? They should come up with stricter codes and those found guilty should be made to pay heavy compensations.
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