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These are Africa’s most powerful passports

Visa-free travel is something many of us take for granted in today’s increasingly interconnected world. But for many Africans this modern luxury is much more of a lottery, with citizens of some African countries enjoying similar travel rights to Europeans, while others fare little better than residents of war-torn Syria. Citizens of the Seychelles have the most travel freedom among …

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EU and US discuss laptop ban on flights

US authorities have discussed an in-cabin laptop ban on transatlantic flights from the EU following a meeting with their European counterparts in Brussels. Officials from both sides of the Atlantic on Wednesday (17 May) agreed to meet again next week to work out the technical details, but said no definitive decision had been made. A senior Trump administration official told …

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Organisation launches campaign for border-free travel in Africa

Young people from across the continent, meeting in Durban, have joined forces to champion visa-free travel in Africa for Africans.African members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community have launched the Durban Agreement on Open Africa to champion an open and border-free continent.The initiative will support the work of the African Development Bank, among others, in promoting greater visa …

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Here are the 10 Best Travel Destinations in Africa for 2017

The world’s largest travel advisory and booking website TripAdvisor has released the result of its survey of travellers’ choice of destinations in Africa for 2017. Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as travellers’ booking interest …

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President Akufo-Addo criticises British Airways for taking Ghanaians for granted

British Airways has come under fire from President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana for the way it treats customers. In what counts as a major embarrassment for the airline, the Ghanaian leader criticised “the quality of the planes and the service” on the Accra-London-Accra route.  The president made the grievances of Ghanaians known when the Head of Middle East, Africa and …

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Nigeria’s Abuja Airport reopens after six weeks of closure

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has formally reopened for operations after six weeks of closure.The airport was closed to allow for the repair of its only runway.On Tuesday, an Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 became the first plane to land on the repaired runway.The new plane landed at about 12:10 p.m.Local Nigerian airlines, including Medview and Air Peace, have indicated …

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Nigeria’s Abuja Airport reopens next week, says government spokesman

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be reopened next week after a six-week closure to allow for repair works on the runway.The head of the federal government’s digital communications team, Tolu Ogunlesi, confirmed that major works on the runway had been completed as at 12 April.The decision to close the airport was largely due to the bad conditions …

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Travel booking websites under fire for misleading consumers on prices

 Travel websites that advertise rock bottom deals for flights and hotel bookings are not giving customers ‘accurate’ information.A European Commission report on online travel booking says two-thirds of the websites screened displayed misleading prices. Of the 352 price comparison and travel booking websites checked in October 2016, the Commission found 235 gave prices that were not reliable.The scrutiny of the …

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Brussels Airlines increases flight frequency to Accra, Abidjan

On 26 March, Brussels Airlines commenced the summer season with new destinations and higher flight frequencies. Highlights of the schedule are the launch of new routes and the growth of the European network with new African destinations.Abidjan will be served daily during the summer season, instead of 6 times weekly. Accra’s frequency increases from 4 to 5 flights a week.Brussels …

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Nigeria’s Abuja Airport extends runway repairs

Runway repairs at Nigeria’s Abuja Airport are now expected to last a further 18 weeks after it reopens on 19 April, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced.The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria’s capital has been closed since 8 March for extensive repairs to its runway.Flights are currently using Kaduna Airport while Abuja is closed, but many …

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US, UK limit electronic devices on flights from Middle East and North Africa

The US and UK have issued directives to stop passengers from taking personal electronic devices in carry-on bags on flights from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa.The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a directive on 21 March which applies to ten airports and nine airlines. Passengers flying to the US from these airports will only …

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6 reasons why you should visit Ghana, by Tourism Minister

Ghana marketed its treasures of beautiful hinterland, sunny beaches, rich culture, lively cities and rich wildlife at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin, which held from 8-12 March.Considered one of Africa’s true success stories, Ghana is enjoying a stable democracy and incredible development. It’s also becoming a preferred destination of leisure travel on the continent.Ghana’s delegation to the global tourism …

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Why Gambia is now more attractive than ever as a tourist destination

Now that the democratically-elected President Adama Barrow has started working in earnest, peace and normalcy has returned to this beautiful country and therefore, it is most apt to invite the visitors, including foreign tourists, to return to our shores, writes author Hassoum Ceesay!Indeed, we have to apologize to all those tourists who had their beautiful stays rudely disrupted in January, …

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Hundreds of flights cancelled in Berlin Airports’ strike

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at Berlins’s two airports, causing further misery for passengers already hit by industrial action last week.Ground staff downed tools once more on Monday in a dispute over pay.Initially a one-day walkout, it has now been extended to Wednesday morning.A spokesman for Berlin airports said that almost all flights were cancelled on Monday — 194 …

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Berlin flights cancelled due to strike

Most flights at Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports will be cancelled on Friday as ground handling staff strike in support of a pay claim.Ground staff will walk off the job from 04:00 on Friday until 05:00 on Saturday, the Verdi union said after a ballot of members voted 98.6 percent for industrial action.Lufthansa said it has cancelled all flights between …

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International airlines boycott Kaduna Airport as Abuja Airport closes

Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport officially closed yesterday for a six-week repair. The closure will last six weeks to allow for a comprehensive maintenance of the airport runway, according to the Nigerian government.The decision to shut the airport and divert Abuja-bound flights to Kaduna, an airport used primarily for domestic flights about 160 km to the north, was taken after …

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Nigeria advises citizens to avoid US trips as Trump issues new travel order

Nigeria is advising its citizens against all but essential travel to the United States because of the lack of clarity on new immigration rules, the government said on Monday (6 March).A special adviser to the president on foreign affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in a statement that Nigerians “without any compelling or essential reasons” should consider delaying.“In the last few weeks, …

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