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  • Opinion

Lufthansa CEO sees airline passengers requiring health checks before flights

Passengers on long-haul flights may need to prove they are Covid-safe before they are able to fly, an airline industry chief warned. Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr said he did not want to introduce the system, which would add another hurdle to travelling at a time when note-0few people are flying, but he accepted it might be needed.

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  • Miscellaneous

Government mulls a new carrier: Burundi Airlines

CH-Aviation discovered that the Government of the Republic of Burundi unveiled plans to launch a new national carrier in 2021 under the brand name Burundi Airlines.

A cabinet statement issued on 24 December said the new airline would be based on a merger between quasi-defunct state-owned Air Burundi and state-owned ground han… read more

  • Beyond Africa

Nepalese airline Buddha Air flies passengers to wrong airport

Passengers on the Buddha Air ATR72-500 flight U4 505 (reg. 9N-AMY) from Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport to Janakpur, Nepal, had a big surprise on Friday, 18 December. Instead of landing as planned in Janakpur in the south of the country, they ended up in Pohara, the second-largest city in the country, more than 400 kilometres from thei… read more

  • Cruise

Former Royal Caribbean ship Empress of the Seas may cruise in Middle East

Royal Caribbean International has reportedly sold its venerable cruise liner Empress of the Seas to an Indian cruise start-up run by the same CEO as the now defunct Jalesh Cruises.

In a press release, Jurgen Bailom, was quoted as President and CEO of Cordelia Cruises. He previously led Jalesh Cruises, which feat… read more

  • Flights

TAAG suspends flights to South Africa

Angola's Airlines TAAG suspended as from Saturday, 26th December, its flights to Johannesburg and Capetown (South Africa) due to the emergence of a variant of the SARSC-CoV-2 virus, which represents the increase of the Covid-19 transmission.

TAAG decision, which comes twenty days after the company increased its frequencies to… read more

  • Flights

Qatar Airways and Oman Air expand code-share

Qatar Airways continues to expand its portfolio of strong, globally strategic partnerships by signing an expanded code-share agreement with Oman Air that will boost connectivity and provide more flexible travel options for both airline’s customers. The expanded code-share agreement is the first step in further strengthening straread more

  • Miscellaneous

Etihad Airways now with charter flight services

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has expanded its business with the launch of charter and special flight services.

Fully customisable, business and leisure guests can choose from a variety of flight options including a dedicated passenger service, cargo only flight or a combined passenger and … read more

  • Rail

Passenger train from Nanyuki temporarily stalls

The first of two passenger trains from Nanyuki to Nairobi temporarily stalled on Sunday at Ruthagati in Nyeri County with more than 1,500 passengers on board.

The train, which left Nanyuki town at 10am, developed mechanical problems believed to have been caused by the heavy load and the area’s topography. However, the on-boar… read more

  • Beyond Africa

ETOA declares climate emergency

The European Tourism Association (ETOA) and its partners are planning for a sustainable future and have declared a Climate Emergency.

ETOA’s Board has accepted IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) advice and the emissions reduction targets based on it and are pledging to examine the organization’s environmental fo… read more

  • Flights

Sky Mali makes Gao its 2nd domestic destination

Sky Mali inaugurated its Bamako - Gao route this last Thursday, December 24. This is its second domestic route after Kayes, served since the launch of operations in September.

The Malian private carrier has just received 1 Embraer ERJ-145, which is added to its Boeing 737-500. Three other planes are expect… read more

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