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Kenya, Rwanda resume international flights under strict Covid-19 rules

Kenya handled its first international flights on Saturday since they were suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Rwanda on the same day reopened its airport for foreign travel. Kenya Airways’ first flight took off from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to London while RwandAir, the country’s flag carrier, restarted flights from Kigali International Airport to Dubai in …

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COVID-19: Germany to test all arrivals from ‘high risk’ countries due to surge of new cases

The head of the Robert Koch Institute for health, Lothar Wieler, said on Tuesday (28 July) that he was “very concerned” by the surge of new coronavirus infections in Germany, the press reported. “We don’t know yet if this is the beginning of a second wave, but of course it could be,” Wieler said. Last week, Germany recorded 3,611 new …

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Nigeria: Incoming international passengers to undergo COVID-19 test at airports

The Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, has said that inbound passengers from foreign trips will henceforth be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at the Nigeria airports. Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made this known on Monday (27 July) at the daily briefing of the task force in …

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COVID-19│Travelling to Germany: Questions and Answers

Travel warnings, risk areas, quarantine requirements: For many, the entry regulations for Germany remain confusing. Here are a few answers to the most important questions. Within the EU, holiday flights are again operating and tourists from selected third countries (non-EU countries) can also enter Germany again. Everyone is strongly advised to seek the latest information before packing their bags. What …

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Passenger flights resume at Kenyan airports

Kenyan airlines resumed domestic passenger flights on Wednesday after a break of more than three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kenya Airways, and its sister carriers, Jambojet, Safari Link and Fly 540, were among local airlines that resumed operations following the lifting of the restriction of movement in and out of Nairobi and Mombasa counties last week. Kenya Airways …

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Enugu Airport: Minister announces new date for completion of reconstruction works

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has assured Nigerians that the rehabilitation work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport runway Enugu will be completed by August 30. He made this known on Tuesday during a working visit to ascertain the level of work at the international airport. Sirika explained that the work progress is currently at the last stage of …

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Nigeria to ban travellers from some countries over COVID-19

As Nigerian government prepares for the resumption of commercial international flights into and out of the country, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed that citizens from some countries would be banned from gaining entry into Nigeria to ensure safety at its airports and the country in general. The minister made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja while speaking at the …

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Flights resume at Nigerian airports with strict COVID-19 safety protocols

Regular operations have resumed at Nigeria’s two leading airports after a break of three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic flights recommenced at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja on Wednesday, 8 July. However, the turnout of passengers was low as Channels Television monitored activities at the domestic wing of the Murtala …

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Flights to resume at Nigerian airports on 8 July

Flights will resume at Nigerian airports on 8 July, the federal government has announced. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known via his official Twitter handle on Monday. The minister explained that the resumption of commercial operations would begin with the Lagos and Abuja airports on 8 July. Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri would resume from July …

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Nigerian airports prepare for reopening, introduces new flight protocols

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Saturday, 27 June held dry run simulation exercises at the domestic terminals of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, respectively. FAAN has been conducting a dry run of flight operations as domestic airlines prepare to resume commercial flights. The exercise, which was aimed at assessing the readiness …

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Nigeria announces reopening date for its airports

Nigeria has announced a reopening date for its airports as part of government’s relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown measures in the country. According to a circular issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday, five airports will resume domestic operations on Saturday, 21 June. The airports are Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed …

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Brussels Airlines suspends flights over coronavirus pandemic

Due to travel restrictions as a result of the global outbreak of the new coronavirus COVID-19, Brussels Airlines has suspended its flights. According to a press statement by the airline’s CEO, Dieter Vranckx, the Belgian carrier will suspend its operations from 21 March until 19 April. “All passengers with a ticket booked before or on 31 March (with flights until …

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Coronavirus: Nigeria, Ghana, other African countries impose travel bans

To prevent a widespread infection of their populations, African countries are increasingly imposing travel restrictions to keep out people from countries that have a high number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Nigeria is the latest country to take the drastic step of imposing entry bans as part drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus in the country. “The Federal …

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Coronavirus could push some airlines out of business – BA warns

The holding company of British Airways (BA) warned on Friday that the growing impact of the new coronavirus outbreak on international air travel could force some troubled airlines out of business. The global impact of the virus is likely to be severe enough to push some airlines over the edge, Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Consolidated Airline Group …

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ITB Berlin: World’s biggest tourism fair cancelled over coronavirus

After days of uncertainties over the rapidly spreading coronavirus, the organisers of the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin has cancelled the event, which was to hold from 4-8 March. “With more than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries ITB Berlin is extremely important for the world’s tourism industry. We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our visitors, …

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World’s leading travel trade fair holds in Berlin

The International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin will hold from Wednesday to Sunday, 4 to 8 March, on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds ICC. ITB is the world’s leading travel trade show. Last year, the event attracted a total of 10,000 exhibitors from 181 countries and 160,000 visitors. Countries, cities and regions, tour operators, airlines, online booking portals and hotels, and many …

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African airlines recorded world’s highest demand increase in 2019 – IATA

Airlines across Africa recorded a five per cent demand increase in 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has said. According to IATA, the airlines recorded a capacity increase of 4.5 per cent while load factor went up by 0.3 percentage point to 71.3 per cent. The association stated in its full-year global passenger traffic results for 2019 that Africa …

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