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Air France to resume Nairobi flights after 18 years

French national carrier, Air France, will soon resume flights between Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi after an 18-year absence. Air France served Nairobi until March 2000. Air France, a subsidiary of the Air France–KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, announced the decision on Tuesday …

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Cameroon revives its national airline, Camair Co.

After several years of turmoil, Cameroon’s national carrier has embarked on a recovery plan at an estimated 91.5 million euros over the next 5 years. Yaounde, April 5 (Reuters) – Nearly a year after selecting a consortium led by Belgium’s SN Brussels to buy a majority stake in struggling national airline, Cameroon’s government abandoned the sale on Thursday and said …

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Air France unveils low-cost airline Joon

Air France has launched Joon, a new carrier that will start operating medium-haul flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle this autumn, followed by long-haul flights in summer 2018.  The name Joon, which echoes the word “jeune” for “young” in French, is aimed at young working adults aged 18 to 35 year, whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology, Air France said in …

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Libya’s Benghazi airport re-opens after 3-year closure

Benghazi’s international airport (Benina) has officially reopened for commercial flights amid a heavy security presence after a three-year closure. The airport had been closed due to fighting in the city in the summer of 2014. According to Reuters, the first outward bound flights from Benina Airport on Saturday were to the capital, Tripoli, to Amman, Jordan, and to the south-eastern …

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Two German women killed at Red Sea resort as Egypt’s tourism takes another blow

Two German female tourists have been stabbed to death while four other foreigners were wounded in an attack at a hotel in the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada. The terror attack on Friday (14 July) came hours after a shooting near the famous pyramids outside Cairo killed five policemen. The motive behind the stabbing was unclear and Egypt’s Interior …

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How to book a cheap flight to Africa, by award-winning travel agent

Reiseservice Sacco regularly offers its African customers flight tickets at best prices to more than 20 destinations from Senegal to Angola. “I’m personally in contact with the different airlines several times every week, in order to get special prices for the Ethnic Tickets. It’s time consuming and demands negotiating skills, but it pays off for our customers enormously,” says Sandro …

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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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